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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
V. Death and Bereavement
Lament for Heliodore
Meleager of Gadara (1st Century B.C.)
 
From the Greek by Andrew Lang

TEARS for my lady dead—
    Heliodore!
Salt tears, and strange to shed,
    Over and o’er;
Tears to my lady dead,        5
    Love do we send,
Longed for, rememberèd,
    Lover and friend!
Sad are the songs we sing,
    Tears that we shed,        10
Empty the gifts we bring
    Gifts to the dead!
Go, tears, and go, lament,
    Fare from her tomb,
Wend where my lady went        15
    Down through the gloom!
Ah, for my flower, my love,
    Hades hath taken!
Ah, for the dust above
    Scattered and shaken!        20
Mother of blade and grass,
    Earth, in thy breast
Lull her that gentlest was
    Gently to rest!
 
 
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