Poems (1898)/Achilles

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For works with similar titles, see Achilles.
For other versions of this work, see Achilles (Coates).


When, with a mortal mother's helpless tears,
 Thetis, the silver-footed, to her son
 Revealed the choice in death he might not shun;
 The goddess-born, longing for lengthened years
In his own land, with all that life endears—
 Renounced Earth's breathing pleasures new begun,
 And chose to die in youth, each conflict won,
 Leaving a fame no blight autumnal sears.

The Argives sleep, the Trojan hosts are dumb,
 And no man knows where Homer's ashes be;
 Yet, echoing down the list'ning ages, come—
E'en to this distant nineteenth century—
 The hero's words by warlike Ilium,
 And strengthen others in their need, and me!