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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: Marathon
From Marathon
Charlotte Fiske Bates (1838–1916)
 
JUST these two words beneath a little spray
Still freshly green, and tipped with brilliant red;
What wonder should they snatch my faith away?
Such noble birth! can it be credited?
Ay! this has sprung from Glory’s very heart,        5
Who gave it to me plucked it from the mound;
I see and press what somehow had its part
With those who made the spot immortal ground.
No stony relic; daily breath it drew
In airs that blew two thousand years ago;        10
Over the deathless hundred ninety-two,
The green of victory budded into glow.
’T is a rich life-drop that I look upon,
The ruddy fruit of blood-sown Marathon.
 
 
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