Past Ruined Ilion Helen Lives
Time Period: 1775-1864
by Walter Savage Landor
Past ruined Ilion Helen lives,
Alcestis rises from the shades;
Verse calls them forth; ‘tis verse that gives
Immortal youth to mortal maids.
Soon shall Oblivion’s deepening veil
Hide all the peopled hills you see,
The gay, the proud, while lovers hail
In distant ages you and me.
The tear for fading beauty check,
For passing glory cease to sigh;
One form shall rise above the wreck,
One name, Ianthe, shall not die.
(obsession with becoming immortalized in history; recurring)