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HERACLITUS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: They told me, heraclitus, they told me you were dead
Last Line: For death he taketh all away, but these he can not take.
Alternate Author Name(s): Kallimachos
Subject(s): Friendship; Heraclitus (540-480 B.c.); Gays & Lesbians; Life Change Events; Poetry & Poets; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


THEY told me, Heraclitus, they told me you were dead;
They brought me bitter news to hear and bitter tears to shed.
I wept as I remembered, how often you and I
Had tired the sun with talking and sent him down the sky.
And now that thou art lying my dear old Carian guest,
A handful of gray ashes, long, long ago at rest,
Still are thy pleasant voices, thy nightingales, awake,
For Death he taketh all away, but these he can not take.




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