The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

Hymn to Aristogeiton and Harmodius

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1903
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Poe, E.A. (1903). The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven Edition, Volume 5. New York: P. F. Collier and Son.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.4
  • Word Count: 236
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: greek
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Translation from the Greek


     Wreathed in myrtle, my sword I'll conceal
     Like those champions devoted and brave,
     When they plunged in the tyrant their steel,
     And to Athens deliverance gave.


     Beloved heroes! your deathless souls roam
     In the joy breathing isles of the blest;
     Where the mighty of old have their home
     Where Achilles and Diomed rest


     In fresh myrtle my blade I'll entwine,
     Like Harmodius, the gallant and good,
     When he made at the tutelar shrine
     A libation of Tyranny's blood.


     Ye deliverers of Athens from shame!
     Ye avengers of Liberty's wrongs!
     Endless ages shall cherish your fame,
     Embalmed in their echoing songs!