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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Asia Minor: Troy
Song of the Trojan Captive
Euripides (c. 480–406 B.C.)
 
(From Hecuba)
Translated by J. Reade

O MY Ilion, once we named thee
      City of the unconquered men;
But the Grecian spear has tamed thee,
      Thou canst never rise again,
Grecian clouds thy causeways darken;—        5
      Ah! they cannot hide thy glory!
Ages hence shall heroes hearken
      To the wonders of thy story.
 
O my Ilion, they have shorn thee
      Of thy lofty crown of towers!        10
Thy poor daughter can but mourn thee
      In her lonely, captive hours.
They have robbed thee of thy beauty,
      Made thee foul with smoke and gore;
Tears are now my only duty,        15
      I shall tread thy streets no more.
 
O my Ilion, I remember—
      ’T was the hour of sweet repose,
And my husband in our chamber
      Slept, nor dreamt of Grecian foes.        20
For the song and feast were over,
      And the spear was hung to rest,
Never more, my hero-lover,
      Aimed by thee at foeman’s breast.
 
O my Ilion, at the mirror        25
      I was binding up my hair,
When my face grew pale with terror
      At the cry that rent the air.
Hark! amid the din the Grecian
      Shout of triumph, “Troy is taken;        30
Ten years’ work has now completion,—
      Ilion’s haughty towers are shaken!”
 
O my Ilion, forth I hie me
      From his happy home and mine;
Hapless, soon the Greeks descried me,        35
      As I knelt at Phœbe’s shrine.
Then, my husband slain before me,
      To the shore they hurried me,
And from all I loved they tore me
      Fainting o’er the cruel sea.        40
 
 
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