Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935). Collected Poems. 1921.

II. The Children of the Night

8. Two Men

THERE be two men of all mankind

That I should like to know about;

But search and question where I will,

I cannot ever find them out.

Melchizedek, he praised the Lord,

And gave some wine to Abraham;

But who can tell what else he did

Must be more learned than I am.

Ucalegon, he lost his house

When Agamemnon came to Troy;

But who can tell me who he was—

I’ll pray the gods to give him joy.

There be two men of all mankind

That I’m forever thinking on:

They chase me everywhere I go,—

Melchizedek, Ucalegon.