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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
Asia Minor: Ida, the Mountain
Mount Ida
Seymour Green Wheeler Benjamin (1837–1914)
NOW twilight gently hovers o’er the deep.
The winds are hushed; becalmed the isleman’s bark
Shows its white pinions on the increasing dark,
And mournfully at foot of yonder steep
The dying surf rolls up the lonely shore.        5
Lo! heaving hoary-headed to the sky,
In stern but venerable majesty,
Mount Ida distant stands. There, times of yore,
The shepherd prince his pastoral syrinx played;
And there did lofty walls and turrets gleam        10
(Whose very memory seemeth like a dream)
That stood coeval with Achilles’ shade.
O, since the Cyclades with beacons shone,
What ages have bewailed for Troy o’erthrown!

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