Quotation by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Hard by the lilied Nile I saw
A duskish river dragon stretched along.
The brown habergeon of his limbs enamelled
With sanguine alamandines and rainy pearl:
And on his back there lay a young one sleeping,
No bigger than a mouse;
Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803–1849), British poet, physiologist. The Last Man (l. 1–6). . .

Oxford Book of Travel Verse, The. Kevin Crossley-Holland, ed. (1986) Oxford University Press.
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