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LYSISTRATA: HYMN OF PEACE; CHORUSES OF ATHENIANS AND SPARTANS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now for the chorus, the graces, the minstrelsy
Last Line: Goddess of the brassin' dwellin'.


ATHENIANS.

Now for the Chorus, the Graces, the minstrelsy,
Call upon Artemis, queen of the glade:
Call on her brother, the Lord of festivity,
Holy and gentle one, mighty to aid.
Call upon Bacchus, afire with his Maenades:
Call upon Zeus, in the lightning arrayed;
Call on his queen, ever blessed, adorable;
Call on the holy, infallible Witnesses,
Call them to witness the peace and the harmony,
This which divine Aphrodite has made.
Allala! Lallala! Lallala, lallala!
Whoop for victory, Lallalalae!
Evoi! Evoi! Lallala, Lallala!
Evae! Evae! Lallalalae.

SPARTANS.

Leave Taygety, an' quickly
Hither, Muse Laconian, come.
Hymn the Gude o' braw Amyclae,
Hymn Athana, Brassin-dome.
Hymn the Tyndarids, for ever
Sportin' by Eurotas river.
Noo then, noo the step begin,
Twirlin' licht the fleecy skin;
Sae we'se join our blithesome voices,
Praisin' Sparta, loud an' lang,
Sparta wha of auld rejoices
In the Choral dance an' sang.
O to watch her bonnie dochters
Sport alang Eurotas' waters!
Winsome feet for ever plyin',
Fleet as fillies, wild an' gay,
Winsome tresses tossin', flyin',
As o' Bacchanals at play.
Leda's dochter, on before us,
Pure an' sprety, guides the Chorus.
Onward go,
Whilst your eager hand represses
A' the glory o' your tresses;
Whilst your eager foot is springin'
Like the roe;
Whilst your eager voice is singin'
Praise to her in might excellin'
Goddess of the Brassin' dwellin'.





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