At Eleusis

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I, at Eleusis, saw the finest sight,
         When early morning's banners were unfurled.
         From high Olympus, gazing on the world,
The ancient gods once saw it with delight.
Sad Demeter had in a single night
         Removed her sombre garments! and mine eyes
         Beheld a 'broidered mantle in pale dyes
Thrown o'er her throbbing bosom. Sweet and clear
There fell the sound of music on mine ear.
         And from the South came Hermes, he whose lyre
         One time appeased the great Apollo's ire.
The rescued maid, Persephone, by the hand
He led to waiting Demeter, and cheer
And light and beauty once more blessed the land.

from Poems of Passion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1883)

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