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First Line: To phoebus' shrine three youths of fame
Last Line: "none in the dust the wrestler lay!"
Subject(s): Apollo; Delphi; Mythology - Classical; Castri


To Phoebus' shrine three youths of fame,
A wrestler, boxer, racer came,
And begg'd the Delphic god to say,
Which from the next Olympic game
Should bear the envied wreath away?
And thus the oracle decided: --
"Be victors all, brave youths, this day,
Each in your several arts! -- provided
That none outstrip the racer's feet,
None at his trade the boxer beat,
None in the dust the wrestler lay!"





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