Theocritus: A Villanelle

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O singer of Persephone!
In the dim meadows desolate
Dost thou remember Sicily?


Still through the ivy flits the bee
Where Amaryllis lies in state;
O Singer of Persephone!


Simatha calls on Hecate
And hears the wild dogs at the gate;
Dost thou remember Sicily?


Still by the light and laughing sea
Poor Polypheme bemoans his fate:
O Singer of Persephone!


And still in boyish rivalry
Young Daphnis challenges his mate:
Dost thou remember Sicily?


Slim Lacon keeps a goat for thee,
For thee the jocund shepherds wait;
O Singer of Persephone!
Dost thou remember Sicily?

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.