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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Heracleitus
 
William Johnson Cory (1823–92)
 
 
THEY 1 told me, Heracleitus, they told me you were dead,
They brought me bitter news to hear and bitter tears to shed.
I wept, as I remember’d how often you and I
Had tir’d the sun with talking and sent him down the sky.
 
And now that thou art lying, my dear old Carian guest,        5
A handful of gray ashes, long, long ago at rest,
Still are thy pleasant voices, thy nightingales, awake;
For Death, he taketh all away, but them he cannot take.
 
Note 1. Sunt lacrimæ rerum! [back]
 

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