When was I scalloped with leaves,
When was my body half horse
When in the fields where the gods race
At sports with bugle and lance
Did I have as companion the eagle-beaked griffon,
Fringed hair down his throat and his body?
Was it other than I who tied the animal claws about me
And wore over my head the beast-friend mouth,
Open the tigrish jaws for me to stare through,
Given the dual-headed look?
Languors of flesh and stone–the stripling god
Leaning against a bough, his lyre before him,
And meads of the blue-veined water, dimpled and tented,
A stretch of the sky beside land. …
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