And one was talking of queens for many an hour,
Till I longed to clap my hands with their old, old power
And cry "Come hither, my guards, take this old man away,
For his ignorant talk of queens wearies your queen to-day."
Pallas (more kindly):
If you have each a goddess, as all of you boast,
Hurry and bring her here, here, where you need her most.
She must be strong and wise; while ye, O mortals, are weak.
Pray that she come and save you, from the foolish words you speak.
If you have each a goddess———
Congressman (recovering from his astonishment):
Yes, but home is her shrine.
Ah, I have seen those shrines, lovely, many, as mine,
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