37. Theocritus: a Villanelle. Wilde, Oscar. 1881. Poems

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Theocritus: a Villanelle

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!    
 
Simætha 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?    

— Oscar Wilde

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