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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Epitaph for Those Who Fell at Thermopylæ
By Simonides (c. 556–468 B.C.)
 
From a careful study of Simonides by John Sterling (Westminster Review, 1838)

    OF those who at Thermopylæ were slain,
      Glorious the doom, and beautiful the lot:
    Their tomb an altar; men from tears refrain
    To honor them, and praise, but mourn them not.
          Such sepulchre, nor drear decay        5
Nor all-destroying time shall waste; this right have they.
      Within their grave the home-bred glory
        Of Greece was laid; this witness gives
      Leonidas the Spartan, in whose story
        A wreath of famous virtue ever lives.        10
 
 
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