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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Hymn in Praise of Neptune
By Thomas Campion (1567–1620)
 

OF Neptune’s empire let us sing,
  At whose command the waves obey;
  To whom the rivers tribute pay,
Down the high mountains sliding;
To whom the scaly nation yields        5
  Homage for the crystal fields
    Wherein they dwell;
And every sea-god pays a gem
  Yearly out of his wat’ry cell,
To deck great Neptune’s diadem.        10
 
The Tritons dancing in a ring
  Before his palace gates do make
  The water with their echoes quake,
Like the great thunder sounding:
The sea-nymphs chant their accents shrill,        15
  And the Syrens, taught to kill
    With their sweet voice,
Make every echoing rock reply,
  Unto their gentle murmuring noise,
The praise of Neptune’s empery.        20
 
 
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