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Landor


Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
Past Ruined Ilion (1831)


Past ruined Ilion Helen lives,
Alcestis rises from the shades;
Verse calls them forth; &rsqio;tis verse that gives
Immortal youth to mortal maids.

Soon shall oblivion’s deepending veil
Hide all the peopled hills you see,
The gay, the proud, while lovers hail
These many summers you and me.

The tear for fading beauty check,
For passing glory cease to sigh;
One form shall rose above the wreck,
One name, Ianthe, shall not die.



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