Your majesty shall shortly have your wish,
And ride in triumph through Persepolis.
And ride in triumph through Persepolis!–
Is it not brave to be a king, Techelles?–
Usumcasane and Theridamas,
Is it not passing brave to be a king,
And ride in triumph through Persepolis?
O, my lord, it is sweet and full of pomp!
To be a king is half to be a god.
For some reason, this is one of the plays we read at school which has really stuck. ‘Is it not passing brave to be a king, and ride in triumph through Persepolis?’ Wonderful stuff! I have never dared go to Persepolis or , though I have often flown over both, for fear they could not live up to my imaginings. (A judicious amount of purple and gold is involved!)