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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
79. A Caravan from China Comes
 
By Richard Le Gallienne
 
 
(After Hafiz)
 
 
A CARAVAN from China comes;
  For miles it sweetens all the air
With fragrant silks and dreaming gums,
  Attar and myrrh—
A caravan from China comes.        5
 
O merchant, tell me what you bring,
  With music sweet of camel bells;
How long have you been travelling
  With these sweet smells?
O merchant, tell me what you bring.        10
 
A lovely lady is my freight,
  A lock escaped of her long hair,—
That is this perfume delicate
  That fills the air—
A lovely lady is my freight.        15
 
Her face is from another land,
  I think she is no mortal maid,—
Her beauty, like some ghostly hand,
  Makes me afraid;
Her face is from another land.        20
 
The little moon my cargo is,
  About her neck the Pleiades
Clasp hands and sing; Hafiz, ’t is this
  Perfumes the breeze—
The little moon my cargo is.        25
 

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