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AFTER AMYTIS DIED, by            
First Line: The room is sweet with galbanum and nard
Last Line: Of one dark palace in a world of pain.


The room is sweet with galbanum and nard;
Her saffron robe lies on an empty chair.
Outside, her leopard strains against his chain
And sniffs disconsolate the sultry air.
Her jewelled trinkets lie about the room --
A peacock fan, some strings of heavy pearls;
A diadem of rubies, bracelets, rings --
Left scattered by the panic of her girls.

I look across the roofs of Babylon;
At clustered palaces and temple towers;
I see the hanging gardens with the trees;
And falling waters and a thousand flowers.
I see it as a captive king might see --
No longer mine for she is dead -- and slain
To ease my jealous frenzy. I am King
Of one dark palace in a world of pain.





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