Dear hoopoe Welcome! You will be our guide:
It was on you King Solomon relied
To carry messages between his court and distant Sheba's lovely queen.
He knew your languages and you knew his heart-
As his close confidant you learnt the art
Of holding daemons captive underground,
And for these valiant exploits you were crowned.
Farid Din Attar (C.1120) from the Conference of the Birds