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Crowns and imperial purple, thrones of gold,|
Onyx and sard and blazing diadems,
Lazuli and hyacinth and powerful gems
Undreamt of even in Babylon of old
May for a price be given, bought and sold,
Bartered for silver as was Bethlehem’s
And yet a Splendour lives that price contemns
Since Five loud Tongues a deeper worth have told.
Braver is she than ruby, far more wise|
Even than burning sapphire, than emerald
Anchored more strongly to impalpable skies
Upon a diamond pinnacle enwalled
The banners blaze, and “Victor” she is called,
Youthful, with laughter in her twilit eyes.
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