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A Lay Made About the Year Of The City CCCLX


Lars Porsena of Closium
By the Nine Gods he swore
That the great house of Tarquin
Should suffer wrong no more.
By the Nine Gods he swore it,
And named a trysting day,

And bade his messengers ride forth,
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Chris Thurtell 13 December 2019

Whilst recently watching a Sci Fi film there was a brief glimpse of an ancient poetry book opened to show a couple of verses of this poem. I recognised the words, and although I have never even thought of them since my school days, I felt obliged to look up the poem on line. I was astounded at how reading it once more made me feel. It is a brilliant story. Thanks for bringing it back to me.

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Ruby Erickson 07 May 2019

We have to memorize this at my school I personally don't like it

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James Casey 10 April 2018

That is one great poem. I'm not too proud to admit it brought me to tears in some bits, as it described what could easily have been the final stand of a proud Roman badass.

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Diane Lacey 07 April 2010

i have always enjoyed this poem and the rest of the lays of ancient Rome they are descriptive

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