On thrones from China to Peru
all sorts of kings have sat
that men and women of all sorts
proclaimed both good and great;
And what's the odds if such as these
for reason of the State
should keep their lovers waiting,
keep their lovers waiting?
Some boast of beggar-kings and kings
of rascals black and white
that rule because a strong right arm
puts all men in a fright,
and drunk or sober live at ease
where none gainsay their right,
and keep their lovers waiting,
keep their lovers waiting.
The Muse is mute when public men
applaud a modern throne:
Those cheers that can be bought or sold,
that office fools have run,
that waxen seal, that signature.
For things like these what decent man
would keep his lover waiting,
keep his lover waiting?