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Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

Echoes from the Greek Anthology


I. STARLIGHT
          1.1With two bright eyes, my star, my love,
          1.2Thou lookest on the stars above:
          1.3Ah, would that I the heaven might be
          1.4With a million eyes to look on thee.

Plato.

II. ROSELEAF
          2.1A little while the rose,
          2.2And after that the thorn;
          2.3An hour of dewy morn,
          2.4And then the glamour goes.
          2.5Ah, love in beauty born,
          2.6A little while the rose!

Unknown.

III. PHOSPHOR -- HESPER
          3.1    O morning star, farewell!
          3.2    My love I now must leave;
          3.3The hours of day I slowly tell,
          3.4And turn to her with the twilight bell, --
          3.5    O welcome, star of eve!

Meleager.

IV. SEASONS
          4.1Sweet in summer, cups of snow,
          4.2Cooling thirsty lips aglow;
          4.3Sweet to sailors winter-bound,
          4.4Spring arrives with garlands crowned;
          4.5Sweeter yet the hour that covers
          4.6With one cloak a pair of lovers,
          4.7Living lost in golden weather,
          4.8While they talk of love together.

Asclepiades.

V. THE VINE AND THE GOAT
          5.1Although you eat me to the root,
          5.2I yet shall bear enough of fruit
          5.3For wine to sprinkle your dim eyes,
          5.4When you are made a sacrifice.

Euenus.

VI. THE PROFESSOR
          6.1Seven pupils, in the class
          6.2Of Professor Callias,
          6.3Listen silent while he drawls, --
          6.4Three are benches, four are walls.

Unknown.

Notes

1.1] The Greek Anthology: a collection of about 6,000 lyrics by over 300 poets from the 7th century B.C. to the 10th century AD. See The Greek anthology, with an English translation by W. R. Paton (London: Heinemann, 1916-18), 5 vols. PA 3458 .A2 1916 Trinity College Library).

3.1] Venus as the morning star is Phospher, and as the evening star is Hesper.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: The Poems of Henry Van Dyke (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911): 354-56. PS 3115 A2 1911 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1911
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/31

Form note: aabb (I, V-VI), abbaba (II), abaab (III), couplets (IV)


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