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First Line: Brief is erinna's song, her lowly lay
Last Line: Of rooks in the april sky!
Alternate Author Name(s): Antipatros Of Sidon
Subject(s): Erinna (4th Century B.c.)


BRIEF is Erinna's song, her lowly lay,
Yet there the Muses sing;
Therefore her memory doth not pass away,
Hid by Night's shadowy wing!
But we, -- new countless poets, -- heaped and hurled
All in oblivion lie;
Better the swan's chant than a windy world
Of rooks in the April sky!





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