"Unwept, Unhonoured, Uninterred He Lies!"

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Context: The turning point in the Trojan War is Achilles' rejoining the battle, after Agamemnon has given back his slave girl, Briseis. Achilles slays the Trojan hero, Hector; and the Greeks run up to the corpse and "behold with wondering eyes/ His manly beauty and superior size;/ While some, ignobler, the great dead deface/ with wounds ungenerous, or with taunts disgrace. . . ." Achilles, having stripped off Hector's armor, addresses the assembled soldiers in a tribute to his friend Patroclus and in a prophecy of the fall of Troy:

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"Princes and leaders! countrymen and friends!Since now at length the powerful will of heavenThe dire destroyer to our arm has given,Is not Troy fallen already? Haste, ye powers!See, if already their deserted towersAre left unmann'd; or if they yet retainThe souls of heroes, their great Hector slain.But what is Troy, or glory what to me?Or why reflects my mind on aught but thee,Divine Patroclus! Death has seal'd his eyes;Unwept, unhonour'd, uninterr'd he lies!Can his dear image from my soul depart,Long as the vital spirit moves my heart?"

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