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SONGS FROM THE SEARCH OF BELISARIUS: THE CYPRIOT'S SONG, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Two things the gods cannot destroy
Last Line: Where sacrifice is paid.
Subject(s): Belisarius (505-565); Constantinople; Generals; Istambul; Byzantium


Two things the gods cannot destroy,
Although they envy human joy,
And blast men's smiles,
Washing their face with tears; --
Beauty of women, that beguiles,
Strength of men, through youth's brief years;
Eyes of brightness,
Limbs of lightness.
These must the gods desire;
Or end the race they made
And quench the altar-fire,
Where sacrifice is paid.





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