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LION AND LIONESS

 ONE night we were together, you and I, 
And had unsown Assyria for a lair, 
Before the walls of Babylon rose in air.
How languid hills were heaped along the sky, And white bones marked the wells of alkali, When suddenly down the lion-path a sound .
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The wild man-odor .
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then a crouch, a bound, And the frail Thing fell quivering with a cry! Your yellow eyes burned beautiful with light: The dead man lying there quieted and white: I roared my triumph over the desert wide, Then stretched out, glad for the sands and satisfied; And through the long, star-stilled Assyrian night, I felt your body breathing by my side.

by Edwin Markham
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