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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.
 
Turkey in Europe, and the Principalities
Dardanelles (Hellespont)
On a Picture of Leander
John Keats (1795–1821)
 
COME hither, all sweet maidens soberly,
Down-looking aye, and with a chastened light
Hid in the fringes of your eyelids white,
And meekly let your fair hands joined be,
As if so gentle that ye could not see,        5
Untouched, a victim of your beauty bright,
Sinking away to his young spirit’s night,
Sinking bewildered mid the dreary sea:
’T is young Leander toiling to his death;
Nigh swooning, he doth purse his weary lips        10
For Hero’s cheek, and smiles against her smile.
O horrid dream! see how his body dips
Dead-heavy; arms and shoulders gleam awhile:
He ’s gone; up bubbles all his amorous breath!
 
 
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