You summoned me from depths of dreams unknown; You had me swear — "I'll serve against all need." You crowned my head and sat me on a throne, And bowing down, commanded me to lead. I sent out ships to ports, and roads to towns. I hunted thieves till order claimed the night, Commanded songs to where the world wore frowns. Told what to do, I vowed to do it right. For battles won, I heard when cities wept; The hungry fed, I saw the curse of fat; And in the suburbs debt had claimed and kept, The taste of triumph fled, and left me flat. I shake to watch my laws and fortunes fade: A legacy by my own acts unmade.