Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The Shores of Troy - Quintus Smyrnaeus

As rose in heaven the morning clear and bright,
Ida’s long towery ridge appeared in sight;
Next Chrysa’s isle, and Smintheus’ holy fane,
Then bold Sigeum beetling o’er the main;
And great Pelides’ tomb,—that point alone
With gentle care Ulysses to the son
Delayed, far rising o’er the waves, to show,
Cautious to make the deep but slumbering woe.

Quintus Smyrnaeus (also known as Quintus Calaber) (late 4th century) Turkey
Translated by H. H. Milman
Source: Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes, ed. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1876–79

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