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A Rare 10-Page Poem by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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||While Houlan labored in Yesukai's yurt
Her lord and master rode, for war begirt;
Nor either shirked the risk nor shrank the hurt.
And when the Khan of Yakka came again
And raised the tent flap of his desert home,
He brought a captive chief through sleet and rain
To share the hearth beneath the yrut's pierced dome,
And found his first born at fair Houlan's breast;
Nor sought he name from his illustrious kin
But in the valor of his captive guest
And named his man-child for him - Timujin.
Proud Houlan smiled and kissed her baby then,
Though, as she nursed him, little did she ken
She nursed the future Ruler of All Men.
Through bitter years, o'er Asia's dismal plain,
||Born to the iron of Gobi's savage womb
Where Onan flows beside Creation's tomb
And Northern lights great Baikul's breast illume;
So early weaned from woman's milk to mare's,
And thrust by elders from the warming fire
To fight the cur pack which, with bristling hairs,
Dispute with him the food they all require
'Til Spring shall bring the milk to mare and cow
And fat the sheep and fetch the deer and bear
To fill the bellies that are empty now
While Winter winds moan through the frozen air;
The child survives, as in the Cosmic dawn
Two clashing Suns brought forth their planet spawn
And marked the trail down which his sires had gone.
Inevitable, then, that Timujin
Intro & Contents
I: Stanzas 1-4
II: Stanzas 5-8
III: Stanzas 9-12
IV: Stanzas 13-16
V: Stanzas 17-20
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