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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Greece and Turkey in Europe: Vol. XIX.  1876–79.
 
Greece: Athens
Athens
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
 
(From Erechtheus)

                            LO, I stand
Here on this brow’s crown of the city’s head
That crowns its lovely body, till death’s hour
Waste it; but now the dew of dawn and birth
Is fresh upon it from thy womb, and we        5
Behold it born how beauteous; one day more
I see the world’s wheel of the circling sun
Roll up rejoicing to regard on earth
This one thing goodliest, fair as heaven or he,
Worth a god’s gaze or strife of gods; but now        10
Would this day’s ebb of their spent wave of strife
Sweep it to sea, wash it on wreck, and leave
A costless thing contemned; and in our stead,
Where these walls were and sounding streets of men,
Make wide a waste for tongueless water-herds        15
And spoil of ravening fishes; that no more
Should men say, Here was Athens.
 
 
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