Queen of Sheba
When Solomon had finished building the temple, he built a beautiful palace for himself. He also built many cities, and a house for his queen, and a navy of ships. The ships used to go every year to distant countries to bring back gold and silver, and ivory, and apes, and peacocks. People in those distant lands wondered very much when they heard about Solomon's riches and wisdom. Many came to Jerusalem to see the king and to hear his wisdom, and they brought presents with them of gold, silver, garments, spics, horses and mules. So Solomon became more and more rich.
There was a queen who came to see Solomon from a very distant country. The country where she lived was called Sheba in the Bible. The kingdom of Sheba embraced the greater part of the Yemen, or Arabia Feliz. It bordered on the Red Sea, and was one of the most fertile districts of Arabia.
The Queen of Sheba heard a great deal in her own country about Solomon and she wanted to see him. It was a long journey to Jerusalem, but she did not care about the trouble and difficulty because she wished so much to see Solomon.
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