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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "[Latin Hymn]" (B), Southern Literary Messenger,  March 1837, p. 237

[[Latin Hymn]]

Mille, mille, mille,
Mille, mille, mille,
Decollavimus, unus homo !
Mille, mille, mille, mille, decollavimus !
Mille, mille, mille !
Vivat qui mille mille occidit !
Tantum vini habet nemo
Quantum sanguinis effudit !
A thousand, a thousand, a thousand,
We with one warrior have slain!
A thousand, a thousand, a thousand, a thousand,
Sing a thousand over again !
Soho! — let us sing
Long life to our king
Who knocked over a thousand so fine !
Soho! — let us roar,
He has given us more
Red gallons of gore
Than all Syria can furnish of wine!    

* which may be thus paraphrased. A thousand, a thousand, a thousand,

* Flavius Vopiscus says that the Hymn which is here introducted, was sung by the rabble upon the occasion of Aurelian, in the Saratic war, having slain with his own hand nine hundred and fifty of the enemy.


This version shows the poem as it was first published, as part of the tale "Epimanes." Unlike "The Haunted Palace" and "The Conqueror Worm," also used as part of a tale, Poe never collected this poem outside of the story.

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