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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Sorrow’s Barren Grave
By Heracleitus (Third Century B.C.)
The Greek Anthology
 
Translation of Alma Strettell

KEEP off, keep off thy hand, O husbandman,
Nor through this grave’s calm dust thy plowshare drive;
These very sods have once been mourned upon,
  And on such ground no crop will ever thrive,
Nor corn spring up with green and feathery ears,        5
From earth that has been watered by such tears.
 
 
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