Home of the Swan King

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I took a walk along a path, once trod by Queens and Kings

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A long, straight path by a canal that leads to other things

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Around the lake where swans do dwell, the symbol of this reign

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Until at last I reached the house, the palace more, by name

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And what a house! Such beauty there, so rich in history

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The musicians and the dancers, Oh what a sight to see!

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Wherever your eyes take you, above and all around

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A plethora of paintings and gilt work does abound.

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This boudoir here is far from plain but tasteful, large and warm

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Fit for a king? It surely is for here a famous one was born.

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In later years when he was grown, imagine if you saw,

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The king in all his splendour, his gilt carriage hauled by four

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Even in the winter months when roads are thick with snow

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These golden sleighs would carry them where carriages can’t go.

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The stables too, are special, to house the royal guard

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Nothing shabby will be found here, most opulent by far!

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Dining for the officers was not a dull affair

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But now, I think, the time has come for me to leave them there.

(Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich. December 2014. Birthplace of King Ludwig II of Bavaria)

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