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

Greece: Pierus, the Mountain, Thessaly

Mount Pierus

By Antipater (c. 397–319 B.C.)

Translated by W. Hay

THE HELICONIAN springs and rocky steeps

Of Macedonian Piërus have heard

The god-voiced strains of women, and with songs

Praxilla nurtured; Myro; Anyté,

The female Homer; thee of Lesbian dames

Famed for their flowing ringlets; Sappho first

In glory; and Erinna; Telesilla,

Great in thy growing fame; Corinna, thee;

Thee, the bright songstress of the warlike shield,

Athena’s; Nessis mild and woman-voiced;

And gentle Myrtis last,—meet makers all

On the bright page of ever-living song.

Nine Muses mighty Uranus produced,

And nine the Earth,—a deathless joy to man.