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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
V. Death and Bereavement
The Grave of Sophocles
Simmias of Rhodes (fl. 300 B.C.)
 
From the Greek by William M. Hardinge

TENDERLY, ivy, on Sophocles’ grave—right tenderly—twine
Garlanding over the mound network of delicate green.
Everywhere flourish the flower of the rose, and the clustering vine
Pour out its branches around, wet with their glistering sheen.
All for the sake of the wisdom and grace it was his to combine;        5
Priest of the gay and profound, sweetest of singers terrene.
 
 
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