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SONGS FROM THE SEARCH OF BELISARIUS: THE KNIGHT'S SONG, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: My lady loves her radiant garden
Last Line: Give me love!
Subject(s): Belisarius (505-565); Constantinople; Generals; Istambul; Byzantium


My lady loves her radiant garden,
Gently moves among her flowers, --
Iris, poppies, oleander.
O the garden!

Sweet, she rests amid its sweetness,
Laughs and dreams, her face in blossoms,
While the sunshine feeds rich colors.
O the sweetness!

On the one side flows a river,
Sparkling, merry. Boats bear on it
Companies of youths and maidens.
O the river!

And she, smiling, flings them flowers,
Back they sing their answer to her,
Floating past her with their music.
O the music!

On the other side a high-road,
Toiled upon by horsemen, footmen;
Dusty travelers know that garden.
O the high-road!

And the lady gives them bounty,
Food and wine and kindly speeches,
Till, refreshed, they journey onward.
O the toilers!

So she gives the happy pleasure,
And the weary soft refreshment,
O my lady, from your garden,
Give me love!





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