Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days,
Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,
And marching single in an endless file,
Bring diadems and faggots in their hands.
To each they offer gifts after his will,
Bread, kingdoms, stars, and sky that holds them all.
I, in my pleached garden, watched the pomp,
Forgot my morning wishes, hastily
Took a few herbs and apples, and the Day
Turned and departed silent. I, too late,
Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn.
1) Daughters: the reading as emended in Selected Poems (1876)
2) dervishes: Muslim friars who took vows of poverty and were known for their ceremonial whirling dances.
3) diadems: crowns. fagots: bunches of sticks or branches (for burning).
4) pleached garden: "Formed by the pleaching or intertwisting of boughs and twigs; fenced, bordered, or overarched with pleached boughs, as a garden-alley or arbour" (OED "pleached" 2).
5) fillet: hair ribbon.
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- 3The Rabbit Grows a Crop of Money
- 4The Friendship of the Tortoise and the Eagle
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- 6The Magic Shoes and Staff
- 7The Beetle and the Silken Thread
- 8A Crow and His Three Friends
- 9The Hermits Daughter
- 10Why the Fish Laughed
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