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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
The Death of Artemidora
By Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
‘ARTEMIDORA! 1 Gods invisible,
While thou art lying faint along the couch,
Have tied the sandal to thy veinèd feet
And stand beside thee, ready to convey
Thy weary steps where other rivers flow.        5
Refreshing shades will waft thy weariness
Away, and voices like thine own come nigh
And nearer, and solicit an embrace.’
  Artemidora sigh’d, and would have pressed
The hand now pressing hers, but was too weak.        10
Iris stood over her dark hair unseen
While thus Elpenor spake. He looked into
Eyes that had given light and life erewhile
To those above them, but now dim with tears
And wakefulness. Again he spake of joy        15
Eternal. At that word, that sad word, joy,
Faithful and fond her bosom heav’d once more:
Her head fell back; and now a loud deep sob
Swell’d thro’ the darken’d chamber; ’twas not hers.
Note 1. From Pericles and Aspasia. [back]

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