Wednesday 6 June 2012

Adynaton for Homer

The sky will extinguish its stars, and the sun

will appear shining in the folds of night,

and the sea will be a well of fresh water for men,

and the dead will come back to the land of the living,

before forgetfulness of these ancient lines

can steal from us the far-famed name of Homer.

Philip, Anth. 9.575

[tr. Edwin Morgan, The Greek Anthology, ed. Peter Jay, no. 472. Penguin: 1973]

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