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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.


By Bion of Smyrna (fl. c. 100 B.C.)

HESPER, thou golden light of happy love,

Hesper, thou holy pride of purple eve,

Moon among stars, but star beside the moon,

Hail, friend! and since the young moon sets to-night

Too soon below the mountains, lend thy lamp

And guide me to the shepherd whom I love.

No theft I purpose; no wayfaring man

Belated would I watch and make my prey:

Love is my goal; and Love how fair it is,

When friend meets friend sole in the silent night,

Thou knowest, Hesper!