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Edwin Arlington Robinson (Эдвин Арлингтон Робинсон)


Villanelle of Change


Since Persia fell at Marathon,
The yellow years have gathered fast:
Long centuries have come and gone.

And yet (they say) the place will don
A phantom fury of the past,
Since Persia fell at Marathon;

And as of old, when Helicon
Trembled and swayed with rapture vast
(Long centuries have come and gone),

This ancient plain, when night comes on,
Shakes to a ghostly battle-blast,
Since Persia fell at Marathon.

But into soundless Acheron
The glory of Greek shame was cast:
Long centuries have come and gone,

The suns of Hellas have all shone,
The first has fallen to the last:—
Since Persia fell at Marathon,
Long centuries have come and gone. 



Edwin Arlington Robinson's other poems:
  1. Neighbors
  2. The Rat
  3. Credo
  4. Octaves
  5. Lost Anchors


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