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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 Parody of Euripides’s Lyric Verse
By Aristophanes (c. 448–c. 388 B.C.)
 
From ‘The Frogs

        HALCYONS ye by the flowing sea
        Waves that warble twitteringly,
        Circling over the tumbling blue,
        Dipping your down in its briny dew,
        Spi-i-iders in corners dim        5
        Spi-spi-spinning your fairy film,
        Shuttles echoing round the room
        Silver notes of the whistling loom,
        Where the light-footed dolphin skips
        Down the wake of the dark-prowed ships,        10
        Over the course of the racing steed
        Where the clustering tendrils breed
        Grapes to drown dull care in delight,
Oh! mother make me a child again just for to-night!
I don’t exactly see how that last line is to scan,        15
But that’s a consideration I leave to our musical man.
 
 
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