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

Introductory to Greece

Greek Poetesses

By Antipater of Thessalonica (fl. 11 B.C.–12 A.D.)

Anonymous translation

THESE the maids of heavenly tongue,

Reared Pierian cliffs among:

Anyte, as Homer strong,

Sappho, star of Lesbian song;

Erinna, famous Telesilla,

Myro fair, and fair Praxilla;

Corinna,—she, that sang of yore

The dreadful shield Minerva bore.

Myrtis sweet, and Nossis, known

For tender thought and melting tone;

Framers all of deathless pages,

Joys, that live for endless ages,—

Nine the Muses famed in heaven,

And nine to mortals earth has given.