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HELIODORE [DEAD], by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tears for my lady dead
Last Line: Gently to rest!
Alternate Author Name(s): Meleagros
Variant Title(s): Lament For Heliodore
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement

Tears for my lady dead --
Salt tears, and strange to shed,
Over and o'er;
Tears to my lady dead,
Love do we send,
Longed for, remembered,
Lover and friend!
Sad are the songs we sing,
Tears that we shed,
Empty the gifts we bring
Gifts to the dead!
Go, tears, and go, lament,
Fare from her tomb,
Wend where my lady went
Down through the gloom!
Ah, for my flower, my love,
Hades hath taken!
Ah, for the dust above
Scattered and shaken!
Mother of blade and grass,
Earth, in thy breast
Lull her that gentlest was
Gently to rest!

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