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First Line: These the maids of heavenly tongue
Last Line: And nine to mortals earth has given.
Alternate Author Name(s): Antipatros Of Thessalonika
Subject(s): Women

THESE the maids of heavenly tongue,
Reared Pierian cliffs among:
Anyte, as Homer strong,
Sappho, star of Lesbian song;
Erinna, famous Telesilla,
Myro fair, and fair Praxilla;
Corinna, -- she, that sang of yore
The dreadful shield Minerva bore.
Myrtis sweet, and Nossis, known
For tender thought and melting tone;
Framers all of deathless pages,
Joys, that live for endless ages, --
Nine the Muses famed in heaven,
And nine to mortals earth has given.

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