story of doomed lovers
from greek mythology
. The subject of works by Christopher Marlowe
, John Donne
, and A.E. Housman
Tarry, delight, so seldom met,
So sure to perish, tarry still; Forbear to cease
or languish yet,
Though soon you must and will.
By Sestos town, in Hero's tower;
On Hero's heart Leander lies; The signal torch
has burned its hour
And sputters as it dies.
Beneath him in the nighted firth,
Between two continents complain
The seas he swam from earth to earth
And he must swim again.
-A. E. Housman