No character of primeval Greek tradition has been a greater favourite with modern poets than the hero of the well-known play of Aeschylus. The common conception of him, however, made fashionable by Shelley and Byron, as the representative of freedom in contest with despotism, is quite modern; and Goethe is nearer the depth of the old myth, when, in his beautiful lyric, he represents the Titan.
GREAT PAGES INSPIRED THROUGH THE CENTURIES
BY THE INCOMPARABLE MESSAGE OF ETERNAL GREECE
In the Greek time,
Ere the blind Smyrnean minstrel
Wove his pictured rhyme.
Sprung from oldest Earth and Heaven’s
Hardly-limbed, and sturdy labour’s