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Poem by Thomas MacDonagh


Of a Greek Poem


Crave no more that antique rapture
Now in alien song to reach:
Here uncouth you cannot capture
Gracious truth of Attic speech.

Utterly the flowers perish,
Grace of Athens, Rome's renown,
Giving but a dream to cherish
Tangled in a laurel crown.

I that splendour far pursuing
Left unlit the lamps of home,
And upon my quest went ruing
That I found not Greece or Rome.



Thomas MacDonagh


Thomas MacDonagh's other poems:
  1. The Song of Joy
  2. In Dread
  3. The Poet Saint
  4. The Seasons and the Leaves
  5. A Dream of Being


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