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First Line: The heliconian springs, and rocky steeps
Last Line: And nine the earth, -- a deathless joy to man.
Alternate Author Name(s): Antipatros Of Sidon
Subject(s): Pierus (mountain), Greece


THE Heliconian springs and rocky steeps
Of Macedonian Pierus have heard
The god-voiced strains of women, and with songs
Praxilla nurtured; Myro; Anyte,
The female Homer; thee of Lesbian dames
Famed for their flowing ringlets; Sappho first
In glory; and Erinna; Telesilla,
Great in thy growing fame; Corinna, thee;
Thee, the bright songstress of the warlike shield,
Athena's; Nessis mild and woman-voiced;
And gentle Myrtis last, -- meet makers all
On the bright page of ever-living song.
Nine Muses mighty Uranus produced,
And nine the Earth, -- a deathless joy to man.





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