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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Greece and Turkey in Europe: Vol. XIX.  1876–79.
 
Greece: Tempe, the Vale, Thessaly
Tempe
Ovid (43 B.C.–18 A.D.)
 
(From Metamorphoses)
Translated by H. King

LAPPED in Thessalia’s forest-mantled hills
Lies the fair vale of Tempe: down the gorge,
O’ercanopied with groves, old Peneus rolls
From Pindus’ foot his waters to the sea,
Wreathing the woods with mist of silvery spray,        5
And resonant, through many a league around,
With many a fall. There, in the caverned rock
That makes his palace-home, the River-God
Sits sovereign o’er the stream that bears his name
And all its haunting nymphs. And thither throng        10
The brother-powers of all the neighbor-floods,
Doubtful or to congratulate or condole
The parent’s hap: Spercheüs, poplar-crowned,—
Enipeus turbulent, Apidonus
Hoary with age, and smooth Amphrysus came,        15
And Æas, and the rest, that lead their waves,
Weary with many wanderings, to the sea.
 
 
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