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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935).  Collected Poems. 1921.
  
II. The Children of the Night
9. Villanelle of Change
  
SINCE Persia fell at Marathon,
  The yellow years have gathered fast:
Long centuries have come and gone.
 
And yet (they say) the place will don
  A phantom fury of the past,        5
Since Persia fell at Marathon;
 
And as of old, when Helicon
  Trembled and swayed with rapture vast
(Long centuries have come and gone),
 
This ancient plain, when night comes on,       10
  Shakes to a ghostly battle-blast,
Since Persia fell at Marathon.
 
But into soundless Acheron
  The glory of Greek shame was cast:
Long centuries have come and gone,       15
 
The suns of Hellas have all shone,
  The first has fallen to the last:—
Since Persia fell at Marathon,
Long centuries have come and gone.

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