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The Wild Swans at Coole (Collection)/The Saint and the Hunchback

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THE SAINT AND THE HUNCHBACK


Hunchback

Stand up and lift your hand and bless
A man that finds great bitterness
In thinking of his lost renown.
A Roman Caesar is held down
Under this hump.


Saint

God tries each man
According to a different plan.
I shall not cease to bless because
I lay about me with the taws
That night and morning I may thrash

Greek Alexander from my flesh,
Augustus Caesar, and after these
That great rogue Alcibiades.


Hunchback

To all that in your flesh have stood
And blessed, I give my gratitude,
Honoured by all in their degrees,
But most to Alcibiades.