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Poems Every Child Should Know by  Mary E. Burt

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TRUE ROYALTY

"True Royalty" and "Playing Robinson Crusoe" are pleasing stanzas from "The Just So Stories" of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).

There was never a Queen like Balkis,

From here to the wide world's end;

But Balkis talked to a butterfly

As you would talk to a friend.


There was never a King like Solomon,

Not since the world began;

But Solomon talked to a butterfly

As a man would talk to a man.


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She was Queen of Sabaea—

And he was Asia's Lord—

But they both of 'em talked to butterflies

When they took their walks abroad.


RUDYARD KIPLING.

(IN "THE JUST SO STORIES.")


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