It was six men of Indostan, to learning much inclined,
who went to see the elephant (Though all of them were blind),
A Tale of the Talmud
When Solomon was reigning in his glory,
Unto his throne the Queen of Sheba came,
Give me kisses! Do not stay,
Counting in that careful way.
All the coins your lips can print
Never will exhaust the mint.
Dum tacent clamant
INGLORIOUS friend! most confident I am
Thy life is one of very little ease;
COME, listen all unto my song;
It is no silly fable;
'T is all about the mighty cord
Do I love thee? Ask the bee
If she loves the flowery lea,
Where the honeysuckle blows
And the fragrant clover grows.
I know a girl with teeth of pearl,
And shoulders white as snow;
She lives, - ah well,
I must not tell, -
Again I hear that creaking step!--
He's rapping at the door!--
Too well I know the boding sound
That ushers in a bore.
Kiss me softly and speak to me low;
Malice has ever a vigilant ear;
What if Malice were lurking near?
Kiss me, dear!