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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Echoes from Theocritus
I. Summer Day in Old Sicily
By Edward Cracroft Lefroy (1855–1891)
 
GODS, what a sun! I think the world ’s aglow.
  This garment irks me. Phoebus, it is hot!
  ’Twere sad if Glycera should find me shot
By flame-tipp’d arrows from the Archer’s bow.
  Perchance he envies me,—the villain! O        5
  For one tree’s shadow or a cliff-side grot!
Where shall I shelter that he slay me not?
In what cool air or element?—I know.
 
The sea shall save me from the sweltering land:
  Far out I’ll wade, till creeping up and up,        10
    The cold green water quenches every limb.
Then to the jealous god with lifted hand
  I’ll pour libation from a rosy cup,
    And leap, and dive, and see the tunnies swim.
 
 
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