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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Andrew Lang 1844–1912

Paraphrases. I. Erinna


BRIEF is Erinna’s song, her lowly lay,

Yet there the Muses sing;

Therefore her memory doth not pass away,

Hid by Night’s shadowy wing!

But we,—new countless poets,—heaped and hurled

All in oblivion lie;

Better the swan’s chant than a windy world

Of rooks in the April sky!