Thank you, ewhite, indeed for your comment and the link. It's very interesting to learn that you were doubtful about the usage of articles in the poem.The phrases you quote are from the poem "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats. The lack of articles ("in sands of the desert", "with lion body") reflects either the requirements of poetic meter, or some arcane poetic device.
The odd thing is that this is one of my favorite poems, by my favorite poets, but when I recite it to myself, I slip in the missing articles. I had to check two or three sites to assure myself that Yeats had, indeed, omitted them.
Here's a link to the complete poem