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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Asia Minor: Crete (Candia), the Island
Crete
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 

HIPPOLYTA.  I was with Hercules, and Cadmus, once,
When in a wood of Crete they bay’d the bear
With hounds of Sparta: never did I hear
Such gallant chiding; for, besides the groves,
The skies, the fountains, every region near        5
Seem’d all one mutual cry: I never heard
So musical a discord, such sweet thunder.
  THESEUS.  My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
So flew’d, so sanded; and their heads are hung
With ears that sweep away the morning dew;        10
Crook-kneed, and dew-lapp’d like Thessalian bulls;
Slow in pursuit, but match’d in mouth like bells,
Each under each. A cry more tunable
Was never halloo’d to, nor cheer’d with horn,
In Crete, in Sparta, nor in Thessaly:        15
Judge, when you hear.
 
 
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