Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Greece and Turkey in Europe: Vol. XIX. 1876–79.

Greece: Delos, the Island


By Virgil (70–19 B.C.)

(From Æneid)
Translated by C. P. Cranch

AMID the sea there lies a lovely isle,

Sacred to Doris, mother of the nymphs

Of ocean, and Ægean Neptune. This,

Once floating round the shores, Apollo bound

Fast to Gyaros and to Myconos,

And bade it stay unmoved, and scorn the winds.

Hither I sail. This pleasant isle receives

Within its port the weary voyagers.

Landing, we hail with praise Apollo’s seat.

King Anius, Phœbus’ priest and king in one,

His temples bound with fillets and with bays,

Meets us, and knows Anchises his old friend.

Then hands are grasped, with hospitable cheer,

Under his roof.