Posted by Barbara Barrett on 8th July 2013
Map of the five royal Philistine cities. Gath is located to the right of the last letter “I” in Philistines
1. An ancient city of Palestine east-northeast of Gaza on which the ark brought calamity. . It was one of the five royal Philistine city-kingdoms and the home of Goliath. It occupied a strong position on the borders of Judah and Philistia.
[origin: Latin: Geth]
I am ruler of the stars
I am master of Time’s pages
And I mock at chains and bars,
Now, as when I sailed the world
Ere the galley’s sails were furled
And the barnacles had crusted on their spars.
I am Strife, I am Life,
I am mistress, I am wife!
I am wilder than the sea wind, I am fiercer than the fire!
I am tale and song and fable, I am Akkad, I am Babel,
I am Calno, I am Carthage, I am Tyre!
For I walked the streets of Gaza when the world was wild and young,
And I reveled in Carchemish where the golden minstrels sung;
All the world-road was my path, as I sang the songs of Gath
Or trod the streets of Nineveh where harlots roses flung.
[from “Romance 1. (‘I am king of all the Ages’)”; to read the complete poem, see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 524, Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 125 and A Rhyme of Salem Town, p.22]