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Stanza 1 provides images that are exotic and splendid. They represent color and grandeur, as well as the values of a world now long gone. All the objects are appropriate to the time of the ancient King Solomon, whether as gifts to amuse the court or as building materials. They evoke the nostalgia with which we view this lost world. Stanza 2 and its images are closer to our world. Stanza 3 shows us what it has all been for—so that a dirty coastal ship can carry fuel and cheap products for sale in the modern world. Gone are the splendor, the color, and the beauty; utility and trade are all.
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