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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Homer
By Giosuè Carducci (1835–1907)
 
From the ‘Levia Gravia’: Translation of Frank Sewall

AND from the savage Urals to the plain
  A new barbarian folk shall send alarms,
The coast of Agenorean Thebes again
  Be waked with sound of chariots and of arms;
And Rome shall fall; and Tiber’s current drain        5
  The nameless lands of long deserted farms:
But thou like Hercules shalt still remain,
  Untouched by fiery Etna’s deadly charms;
And with thy youthful temples, laurel-crowned,
  Shalt rise to the eternal Form’s embrace        10
  Whose unveiled smile all earliest was thine;
  And till the Alps to gulfing sea give place,
By Latin shore or on Achæan ground,
  Like heaven’s sun shalt thou, O Homer, shine!
 
 
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