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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

Verse: ‘Past ruin’d Ilion Helen lives’

Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)

PAST ruin’d Ilion Helen lives,

Alcestis rises from the shades;

Verse calls them forth; ’tis verse that gives

Immortal youth to mortal maids.

Soon shall Oblivion’s deepening veil

Hide all the peopled hills you see,

The gay, the proud, while lovers hail

These many summers you and me.