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ON HOMER'S BIRTHPLACE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: From colophon some deem thee sprung
Last Line: No other than calliope.
Alternate Author Name(s): Antipatros Of Sidon
Subject(s): Calliope (goddess); Homer (10th Century B.c.); Poetry & Poets; Iliad; Odyssey

FROM Colophon some deem thee sprung,
From Smyrna some, and some from Chios;
These noble Salamis have sung,
While those proclaim thee born in Ios;
And others cry up Thessaly
The mother of the Lapithae.

Thus each to Homer has assigned
The birthplace just which suits his mind.

But, if I read the volume right,
By Phoebus to his followers given,
I'd say they're all mistaken quite,
And that his real country's heaven;
While for his mother, she can be
No other than Calliope.

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