Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE GREEK DEAD AT THERMOPLYLAE, by SIMONIDES OF CEOS

Poetry Explorer

Classic and Contemporary Poetry

Rhyming Dictionary Search
THE GREEK DEAD AT THERMOPLYLAE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Great are the fallen of thermopylae
Last Line: From age to age.
Alternate Author Name(s): Simonides Of Keos
Subject(s): Thermopylae, Battle Of

GREAT are the fallen of Thermopylae,
Nobly they ended, high their destination --
Beneath an altar laid, no more a tomb,
Where none with pity comes or lamentation,
But praise and memory --
A splendour of oblation
No rust shall blot nor wreckful Time consume.

The ground is holy: here the brave are resting,
And here Greek Honour keeps her chosen shrine.
Here too is one the worth of all attesting --
Leonidas, of Sparta's royal line,
Who left behind a gem-like heritage
Of courage and renown,
A name that shall go down
From age to age.

Other Poems of Interest...

Home: PoetryExplorer.net