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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Achilles
By Ernest Myers (1844–1921)
 
ATHWART the sunrise of our western day
  The form of great Achilles, high and clear,
  Stands forth in arms, wielding the Pelian spear.
The sanguine tides of that immortal fray,
Swept on by Gods, around him surge and sway,        5
  Wherethrough the helms of many a warrior peer,
  Strong men and swift, their tossing plumes uprear.
But stronger, swifter, goodlier he than they,
More awful, more divine. Yet mark anigh;
  Some fiery pang hath rent his soul within,        10
    Some hovering shade his brows encompasseth.
What gifts hath Fate for all his chivalry?
  Even such as hearts heroic oftenest win;
    Honour, a friend, anguish, untimely death.
 
 
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