Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII. 1876–79.

Reggio (Rhegium)

On Ibycus

By Anonymous

Translated by W. Hay

RHEGIUM, whose feet, Trinacria’s straitened sea

Laves ever, verge extreme of Italy,

Honored be thou in song for having laid

Under thy leafy elms’ embowering shade

The dust of Ibycus, the bard beloved,

The bard of Love, who all its joys had proved;

Mantle his grave with ivy,—round it plant

Reeds, to send forth the shepherd’s rural chant.