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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Theocritus
By Maurice Francis Egan (1852–1924)
 
DAPHNIS is mute, and hidden nymphs complain,
  And mourning mingles with their fountains’ song;
  Shepherds contend no more, as all day long
They watch their sheep on the wide Cyprus plain;
The master voice is silent, songs are vain;        5
  Blithe Pan is dead, and tales of ancient wrong,
  Done by the gods when gods and men were strong,
Chanted to waxéd pipes, no prize can gain.
O sweetest singer of the olden days,
  In dusty books your idyls rare seem dead,—        10
    The gods are gone, but poets never die;
Though men may turn their ears to newer lays,
  Sicilian nightingales enrapturéd
    Caught all your songs, and nightly thrill the sky.
 
 
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