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Rhymes A La Mode - Helen On the Walls Post by :sharyn Category :Poems Author :Andrew Lang Date :February 2012 Read :1945

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Rhymes A La Mode - Helen On the Walls

Helen On the Walls

(Iliad, iii. 146.)

 

Fair Helen to the Scaean portals came,
Where sat the elders, peers of Priamus,
Thymoetas, Hiketaon, Panthous,
And many another of a noble name,
Famed warriors, now in council more of fame.
Always above the gates, in converse thus
They chattered like cicalas garrulous;
Who marking Helen, swore "it is no shame
That armed Achaean knights, and Ilian men
For such a woman's sake should suffer long.
Fair as a deathless goddess seemeth she.
Nay, but aboard the red-prowed ships again
Home let her pass in peace, not working wrong
To us, and children's children yet to be."

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