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The Fall of Troy

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  That noble song acclaiming Argives praised;
  Yea, silver-looted Thetis smiled, and gave
  The singer fleetfoot horses, given of old
  Beside Caicus' mouth by Telephus
  To Achilles, when he healed the torturing wound
  With that same spear wherewith himself had pierced
  Telephus' thigh, and thrust the point clear through.
  These Nestor Neleus' son to his comrades gave,
  And, glorying in their godlike lord, they led
  The steeds unto his ships. Then Thetis set
  Amidst the athlete-ring ten kine, to be
  Her prizes for the footrace, and by each
  Ran a fair suckling calf. These the bold might
  Of Peleus' tireless son had driven down
  From slopes of Ida, prizes of his spear.

  To strive for these rose up two victory-fain,
  Teucer the first, the son of Telamon,
  And Aias, of the Locrian archers chief.
  These twain with swift hands girded them about
  With loin-cloths, reverencing the Goddess-bride
  Of Peleus, and the Sea-maids, who with her
  Came to behold the Argives' athlete-sport.
  And Atreus' son, lord of all Argive men,
  Showed them the turning-goal of that swift course.


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