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  • ''And some to Meccah turn to pray, and I toward thy bed, Yasmin.''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915), British poet. Hassan, in Hassan, act 1, sc. 2 (1922).
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  • ''For lust of knowing what should not be known,
    We take the Golden Road to Samarkand.''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915), British poet. Ishak, in Hassan, act 5, sc. 2 (1922).
  • ''When the words rustle no more,
    And the last work's done,
    When the bolt lies deep in the door,''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1919), British poet. Stillness (l. 1-3). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
  • ''And Space with gaunt grey eyes and her brother Time
    Wheeling and whispering come,''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1919), British poet. Stillness (l. 8-9). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
  • ''We who with songs beguile your pilgrimage
    And swear that Beauty lives though lilies die,
    We Poets of the proud old lineage
    Who sing to find your hearts, we know not why,''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1919), British poet. The Golden Journey to Samarkand (l. 7). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford University Press.
  • ''When the great markets by the sea shut fast
    All that calm Sunday that goes on and on:
    When even lovers find their peace at last,
    And Earth is but a star, that once had shone.''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1919), British poet. The Golden Journey to Samarkand (l. 7). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford University Press.
  • ''They know time comes, not only you and I,
    But the whose world shall whiten, here or there;''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1919), British poet. The Golden Journey to Samarkand (l. 7). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford University Press.
  • ''I have seen old ships sail like swans asleep''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1919), British poet. The Old Ships (l. 1). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford University Press.
  • ''It was so old a ship—who knows, who knows?
    MAnd yet so beautiful, I watched in vain
    To see the mast burst open with a rose,
    And the whole deck put on its leaves again.''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1919), British poet. The Old Ships (l. 28-31). . . The Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse. H. J. C. Grierson and G. Bullough, eds. (1934) Oxford University Press MV.
  • ''But have you wine and music still,
    And statues and a bright-eyed love,
    And foolish thoughts of good and ill,
    And prayers to them who sit above?''
    James Elroy Flecker (1884-1919), British poet. To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence (l. 9-12). . . Faber Book of Reflective Verse, The. Geoffrey Grigson, ed. (1984) Faber and Faber.

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A Fragment

O puring westering streams
Shouting that I have leapt the mountain bar,
Down curve on curve my journey's white way gleams --
My road along the river of return.

I know the countries where the white moons burn,
And heavy star on star
Dips on the pale and crystal desert hills.
I know the river of the sun that fills

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