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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
“In the Spring a Young Man’s Fancy”
By Meleager of Gadara (First Century B.C.)
The Greek Anthology
 
Translation of Alma Strettell

NOW the white iris blossoms, and the rain-loving narcissus,
  And now again the lily, the mountain-roaming, blows.
Now too, the flower of lovers, the crown of all the springtime,
  Zenophila the winsome, doth blossom with the rose.
O meadows, wherefore vainly in your radiant garlands laugh ye?        5
  Since fairer is the maiden than any flower that grows!
 
 
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