The sphinx has been silent for thousands of years,
And guarded the secrets of Egypt right well,
But if it would speak, what stories of tears
And tales of sweet love it could tell!
For here in its shadow a wond'rous love came,
A soldier and siren a tent for their home,
The queen of the Nile, Cleopatra, her name
And Anthony, bravest of Rome.
He sued her and wooed her o'er desert and ocean,
And this was his song of devotion.
Queen of the Nile,
You've made my life worth while.
Somehow, some way--
Some time and some day--
I'll pray that I'll win your smile.
For my crown I gave
To be your own humble slave,
Here dear with you on this isle
My beautiful Queen of the Nile.
When Anthony came with his thousands of men
To Egypt to rule them, a conqueror brave,
The Siren, she woo'd and subdued him and then
The conqueror soon was her slave.
And he who had ruled over Caesar himself,
For fair Cleopatra was lowly and mean,
Gave up claim for fame, for power or pelf,
To love and be loved by his Queen.
And swains of today sing the same old love story,
That Anthony sang in his glory.