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The Book Of Elegies (1893)
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Binding: Paperback, 308 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Weight: 1 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 1104382989
ISBN 13: 9781104382988
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE LAMENT FOR BION AN IDYL BY HIS FRIEND AND PUPIL MOSCHUS OF SYRACUSE Written In Greek About 6o B.c. An English Prose Version fy Andrew Lang ' If any man sing that hath a loveless heart, him do the Muses flee, and do not choose to teach him.' But if the mind of any be swayed by Love, and sweetly he sings, to him the Muses all run eagerly.' So wrote Bion, the Smyrncean, the sweet singer of many pastoral idyls and of love ditties not a few. ' And a witness am I' continued he, ' that this saying is wholly true, for if I sing of any other, mortal or immortal, then falters my tongue, and sings no longer as of old; but if again to Love and Iycidas I sing, then gladly from my lips flows forth the voice of song.' And afterwards he added, ' I know not how nor is it fitting I should labor at what I have not learned. If my ditties are beautiful, then these only which the Muse has presented to me aforetime will give me renown. But if these be not to men's taste, what boots it me to labor at more ? ' And so he sang of Adonis, slain in his beauty on the wooded mountain top, of the wild grief of Cytherea, and the sad lament of the Loves. He sang too of Scyra, and of Achilles, and his love for Deidamia ; and of the seasons, ' which is sweetest, spring, or winter, or the late autumn, or the summer' ; and of the boy, who, with his bow and arrows, lay in wait for Love. Then he taught to others his store of pastoral song; he taught ' how the cross flute was invented by Pan, and the flute by Athene, and by Hermes the tortoise shell lyre, and the harp by sweet Apollo' And were these songs pleasing to men ? Let the memory of them which has been kept green for now more than two thousand years answer. Let the song with which Moschus, his friend and pupil, lamented his untimely death, answer....


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