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SOPHOCLES (c.497-c.405). Tragoediae. Edited by Theodorus Bergk. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1858.

Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Ægæan, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea

Matthew Arnold's copy of the plays of Sophocles. Arnold's most famous and beloved poem, "Dover Beach," references the works of the Greek tragedian Sophocles in a meditation on human faith.

Octavo. (Foxed.) Contemporary red morocco gilt, with morocco title piece on spine (a little worn and stained at lower spine). Provenance: Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British poet and critic; bookplate).
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