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- Have you stood in front of the iron bars,
- And watched the lion look over your head?
- He sees the palm-tree and the mate,
- And the waste of the tawny desert!
- Are you moved by the music, or the concourse
- Of melodious words?
- But how are you moved except for life
- That made a self of you, responding
- To sounds or scenes of remembered places,
- Or other spheres, perhaps?
- Life is a cage! Beauty a vision
- Of a freedom once enjoyed.