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VIA DOLOROSA: 6. PSYCHAGOGOS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: As greece of old acclaimed thee god and man
Last Line: Nought, when we would have given: thou bidst him live.
Subject(s): Death; Greece; Rome, Italy; Dead, The; Greeks


As Greece of old acclaimed thee God and man,
So, Death, our tongue acclaims thee: yet wast thou
Hailed of old Rome as Romans hail thee now,
Goddess and woman. Since the sands first ran
That told when first man's life and death began,
The shadows round thy blind ambiguous brow
Have mocked the votive plea, the pleading vow
That sought thee sorrowing, fain to bless or ban.

But stronger than a father's love is thine,
And gentler than a mother's. Lord and God,
Thy staff is surer than the wizard rod
That Hermes bare as priest before thy shrine
And herald of thy mercies. We could give
Nought, when we would have given: thou bidst him live.





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