|12. “Aristodemus at Plataea.” Two Spartans were prevented by illness from taking part in the battle of Thermoplae. One killed himself unable to endure the scorn of his countrymen. The other, named Aristodemus charged alone leading the reluctant Spartans to victory over the invading Persian army at the battle of Plataea. He was found dead surrounded by slaughtered Persian nobles, but the Greeks refused him the honors of burial because he was only courageous in despair (Ruskin, CW 62). Published in Friendship’s Offering of 1839, p.140.
13. “The Tears of Psammenitus.” Psammenitus, king of Egypt was conquered by Cambyses of Persia, and saw his children executed without apparent emotion; however, he wept on seeing his fellow prisoner companion beg alms from the Persian conquerors (Ruskin, CW 161). Published in Friendship’s Offering of 1841, p.37.
14. “The Last Song of Arion.” Arion, on sailing back to Corinth from Italy, was seized by the mariners to rob him of his money and to throw him into the sea. On getting permission to sing them a song, he wreathed himself and his harp with flowers, sang in the sweetest way and leaped into the sea where a dolphin carried him safely to shore (Ruskin, CW 95). Published in Friendship’s Offering of 1842, p.48.
15. Ruskin’s Other Poems Published in Annuals
The Months, "From your high dwellings, in the realms of snow,"
Friendship’s Offering of 1836, page 290.
Christ Church, Oxford, "Faint from the bell the gastly echoes fall,"
Friendship’s Offering of 1838, page 287.
The Wreck, "Its masts of might-its sails so free-,"
Amaranth of 1839, page 90.
The Two Paths, "The paths of life are rudely laid,"
Friendship’s Offering of 1841, page 73.
The Old Water-wheel, "It lies beside the river where the marge,"
Friendship’s Offering of 1841, page 107.
The Departed Light, "Thou knowest the place where the purple rocks receive," Friendship’s Offering of 1841, page 217.
The Hills of Carrara, "Amidst a vale of springing leaves,"
Friendship’s Offering of 1842, page 178.
The Battle of Montenotte, "Slow lifts the night her starry host,"
Friendship’s Offering of 1844, page 59.
A Walk in Chamouni, "Together on the valley white and sweet,"
Friendship’s Offering of 1844, page 141.
La Madonna dell' Acqua, "Around her shrine no earthly blossoms blow,"
Heath’s Book of Beauty of 1845, page 18.
Written among the Basse Alps, "Have you in heaven no hope-on earth no care,"
Heath’s Book of Beauty of 1845, page 109.
The Glacier, "The mountains have a peace which more disturb,"
Heath’s Book of Beauty of 1846, page 110.
The Old Seaman, "You ask me why mine eyes are bent,"
Keepsake of 1845, page 63.
The Alps seen from Marengo, "The glory of a cloud-without its wane,"
Keepsake of 1845, page 270.
Mont Blanc, “He who looks upward from the vale by night,”
Keepsake of 1846, page 35.
The Arve at Cluse, “Hast thou no rest, oh stream perplexed and pale,”
Keepsake of 1846, page 234.