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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
Dante Alighieri (c. 1265–1321)
 
(From Inferno, Canto XIV)
Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“IN the mid-sea there sits a wasted land,”
    Said he thereafterward, “whose name is Crete,
    Under whose king the world of old was chaste.
There is a mountain there, that once was glad
    With waters and with leaves, which was called Ida;        5
    Now ’t is deserted, as a thing worn out.
Rhea once chose it for the faithful cradle
    Of her own son; and to conceal him better,
    Whene’er he cried, she there had clamors made.”
 
 
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