Selected Poems, 1958-2008
By Clive James
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393067071, 204pp.)
Publication Date: September 2008
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from "Angels Over Elsinore"
How many angels knew who Hamlet was
When they were summoned by Horatio?
They probably showed up only because
The roster said it was their turn to go.
Another day, another Dane. Too bad,
But while they sang their well-rehearsed lament
They noticed his good looks. Too soon, too sad,
This welcome home for what seemed heaven sent.