Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WORD-PORTRAITS: SOLOMON, by ROBERT GREENE

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WORD-PORTRAITS: SOLOMON, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: His stature tall, large, and high
Last Line: Did go in royal equipage.
Subject(s): Solomon (10th Century B.c.)

His stature tall, large, and high,
Limb'd and featur'd beauteously;
Chest was broad, arms were strong,
Locks of amber passing long,
That hung and wav'd upon his neck,
Heaven's beauty might they check.
Visage fair and full os grace,
Mild and stern, for in one place
Sate Mercy meekly in his eye,
And justice in his looks hard bye:
His robes of bisse were crimson hue,
Bordered round with twines of blue:
In Tyre no richer silk sold,
Over-braided all with gold;
Costly set with precious stone,
Such before I ne'er saw none:
A massy crown upon his head,
Chequer'd through with rubies red;
Orient pearl and bright topace
Did burnish out each valiant place:
Thus this Prince that seemèd sage
Did go in royal equipage.

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