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APPENDIX TO 'LAZARUS': 9, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The true sphynx's form's the same as
Last Line: Earth would fall from its foundation.
Subject(s): Death; Earth; Egypt; Riddles; Sphinx; Dead, The; World


THE true sphynx's form's the same as
Woman's; this I see full clearly;
And the paws and lion's body
Are the poet's fancy merely.

Dark as death is still the riddle
Of this true sphynx. E'en the clever
Son and husband of Jocasta
Such a hard one found out never.

By good luck, though, woman knows not
Her own riddle's explanation;
If the answer she discover'd,
Earth would fall from its foundation.





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