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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Theocritus
By Maurice Francis Egan (1852–1924)
 
[Born in Philadelphia, Penn., 1852. Died in New York, N. Y., 1924. From Preludes.—Songs and Sonnets. 1885.]

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 reeded 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 enrapturèd
    Caught all your songs, and nightly thrill the sky.
 
 
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