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The Fall of Troy

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  Answered Achilles' battle-eager son:
  "Wherefore, when I am hurrying to the fray,
  Dost thou, a foe, put question thus to me,
  As might a friend, touching my lineage,
  Which many know? Achilles' son am I,
  Son of the man whose long spear smote thy sire,
  And made him flee—yea, and the ruthless fates
  Of death had seized him, but my father's self
  Healed him upon the brink of woeful death.
  The steeds which bear me were my godlike sire's;
  These the West-wind begat, the Harpy bare:
  Over the barren sea their feet can race
  Skimming its crests: in speed they match the winds.
  Since then thou know'st the lineage of my steeds
  And mine, now put thou to the test the might
  Of my strong spear, born on steep Pelion's crest,
  Who hath left his father-stock and forest there."


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