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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Night
By Alcman (Seventh Century B.C.)
 
Translation of William Mure

    OVER the drowsy earth still night prevails;
  Calm sleep the mountain tops and shady vales,
    The rugged cliffs and hollow glens;
  The cattle on the hill. Deep in the sea,
    The countless finny race and monster brood        5
  Tranquil repose. Even the busy bee
    Forgets her daily toil. The silent wood
  No more with noisy hum of insect rings;
And all the feathered tribes, by gentle sleep subdued,
  Roost in the glade, and hang their drooping wings.        10
 
 
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