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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
III. Oblivion
‘Alas! alas! when in a garden fair’
By Moschus (fl. c. 150 B.C.)
Translated by M. J. Chapman
From the Elegy on the Death of Bion

  ALAS! alas! when in a garden fair
  Mallows, crisp dill, or parsley yields to fate,
  These with another year regerminate;
  But when of mortal life the bloom and crown,
  The wise, the good, the valiant, and the great        5
  Succumb to death, in hollow earth shut down
We sleep—for ever sleep—for ever lie unknown.

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