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HELEN AND THETIS, by            
First Line: Not thee, o world's desire
Last Line: Because of helen, died.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alkaios


NOT thee, O world's desire
Did Peleus bear away
As bride from her sea-sire;
When on his wedding-day
He bade the immortals come
And feast in Cheiron's home.
No; but a maiden chaste
Was she whom he embraced,
A princess of the sea;
And when a year had passed
She bare a son, and he
Of demigods was best,
Driving his chestnut yoke,
A charioteer of pride;
But Troy, and all her folk,
Because of Helen, died.





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