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First Line: The visionary dream of life is o'er
Last Line: The star of song -- the grace of graces -- sleeps.
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Poetry & Poets; Iliad; Odyssey

THE visionary dream of life is o'er;
The bard of heroes sleeps on Ios' shore:
Fair Ios' sons their lamentations pay,
And wake the funeral dirge or solemn lay.
O'er his pale lifeless corse and drooping head
Ambrosial sweets the weeping nereids shed,
And on the shore their sleeping poet laid,
Beneath the towering mountain's peaceful shade.
Nor undeserved their care, -- his tuneful tongue
Achilles' wrath and Thetis' sorrows sung;
His strains Laertes' son in triumph bore,
Through woes unnumbered, to his native shore.
Blest isle of Ios! On thy rocky steeps
The Star of Song -- the Grace of Graces -- sleeps.

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