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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Greece and Turkey in Europe: Vol. XIX.  1876–79.
 
Greece: Thermopylæ
Thermopylæ
Simonides (c. 556–468 B.C.)
 
Translated by M. P. Fitz-Gerald

WHO at Thermopylæ stood side by side,
And fought together and together died,
Under earth-barrows now are laid in rest,
Their chance thrice-glorious, and their fate thrice-blest:
No tears for them, but memory’s loving gaze;        5
For them no pity, but proud hymns of praise.
Time shall not sweep this monument away,—
Time the destroyer; no, nor dank decay.
This not alone heroic ashes holds;
Greece’s own glory this earth-shrine enfolds,—        10
Leonidas, the Spartan king; a name
Of boundless honor and eternal fame.
 
 
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