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

Greece: Helicon, the Mountain


By Thomas Gray (1716–1771)

AWAKE, Æolian lyre! awake,

And give to rapture all thy trembling strings;

From Helicon’s harmonious springs

A thousand rills their mazy progress take;

The laughing flowers, that round them blow,

Drink life and fragrance as they flow.

Now the rich stream of music winds along

Deep, majestic, smooth, and strong,

Through verdant vales and Ceres’ golden reign;

Now rolling down the steep amain,

Headlong, impetuous, see it pour;

The rocks and nodding groves rebellow to the roar.