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- SO leave her, and cast care from thy heart with a sturdy mount- a camel that ambles tireless, carrying writers twain ;
- To call Harith, the generous Lord, I drive her unsparing on, with pantings that shake her breast and through her ribs and flanks;
- A fleet runner whose flesh over sides and where neck meets hump has vanished beneath noon-tides hot breath and the onward press;
- And yet after night's long toil the dawn breaks and finds her fresh as antelope, young and strong, that flees from the hunter's pack;
- They crouched by the arta-brake, the hunters, and thought to win a safe prey; but she escaped their shafts and pursuing hounds.
- So travels my beast, and makes her object a man far off, and little by little gains the way to his bounteous hand.
- Yet, thou wast her labor's end- God keep thee from curse, O King! And through all the deserts sameness sped she, beset with fears.
- Towards thee the Pole- stars led, and there where man's feet had passed a track plain to see that wound cairns over ridges scarred.
- There bodies of beasts outworn lay thickly along the road, their bones gleaming white, their hides all shrivelled and hard and dry.
- I bring her to drink the dregs of cisternsall mire and draff; and if she mislikes it, all the choice is to journey on.
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