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So fair, so calm, so softly seald,
The first, last look by death reveal'd !
Such is the aspect of this shore;
'Tis Greece, but living Greece no more!
So coldly sweet, so deadly fair,

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We start, for soul is wanting there.
Hers is the loveliness in death,
That parts not quite with parting breath ;
But beauty with that fearful bloom,
That hue which haunts it to the tomb,

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Expression's last receding ray,
A gilded halo hovering round decay,
The farewell beam of Feeling past away!
Spark of that flame, perchance of heavenly birth, 34
Which gleams, but warms no more its cherish'd earth!

Clime of the unforgotten brave !
Whose land from plain to mountain-cave
Was Freedom's home or Glory's grave!
Shrine of the mighty ! can it be,
That this is all remains of thee ?

40 Approach, thou craven crouching slave:

Say, is not this Thermopylæ ?
These waters blue that round you ave,

O servile offspring of the free-
Pronounce what sea, what shore is this?

45 The gulf, the rock of Salamis ! These scenes, their story not unknown, Arise, and make again your own; Snatch from the ashes of your sires The embers of their former fires;

50 And he who in the strife expires Will add to theirs a name of fear That Tyranny shall quake to hear,

And leave his sons a hope, a fame,
They too will rather die than shame: 55
For Freedom's battle once begun,
Bequeathed by bleeding Sire to Son,
Though baffled oft is ever won.
Bear witness, Greece, thy living page,
Attest it
many a deathless
age !

GO
While kings, in dusty darkness hid,
Have left a nameless pyramid,
Thy heroes, though the general doom
'Hath swept the column from their tomb,
A mightier monument command,

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The mountains of their native land !
There points thy Muse to stranger's eye
The graves of those that cannot die!
'T were long to tell, and sad to trace,
Each step from splendour to disgrace; 70
Enough-no foreign foe could quell
Thy soul, till from itself it fell;
Yes! Self-abasement paved the way
To villain-bonds and despot sway.

BYRON,

ATHENIAN PROSPECT.

Slow sinks, more lovely ere his race be run,
Along Morea's hills the setting sun ;
Not, as in Northern climes, obscurely bright,
But one unclouded blaze of living light!
O’er the hush'd deep the yellow beam he throws, 5
Gilds the green wave, that trembles as it glows.

On old Ægina's rock, and Idra's isle,
The god of gladness sheds his parting smile;
O’er his own regions lingering, loves to shine,
Though there his altars are no more divine. 10
Descending fast the mountain shadows kiss
Thy glorious gulf, unconquer'd Salamis !
Their azure arches through the long expanse
More deeply purpled meet his mellowing glance,
And tenderest tints, along their summits driven, 15
Mark his gay course, and own the hues of heaven;
Till, darkly shaded from the land and deep,
Behind his Delphian cliff he sinks to sleep.
On such an eve, his palest beam he cast,
When-Athens! here thy Wisest look'd his last. 20
How watch'd thy better sons his farewell ray,
That closed their murder'd sage's latest day!
Not yet-not yet—Sol pauses on the hill —
The precious hour of parting lingers still;
But sad his light to agonizing eyes,

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And dark the mountain's once delightful dyes :
Gloom o'er the lovely land he seem'd to pour,
The land, where Phoebus never frown'd before,
But ere he sank below Cithæron's head,
The cup of woe was quaft’d—the spirit fled; 30
The soul of him who scorn'd to fear or fly-
Who lived and died, as none can live or die !
But lo! from high Hymettus to the plain,
The

queen of night asserts her silent reign. No murky vapour, herald of the storm,

35 Hides her fair face, nor girds her glowing form; With cornice glimmering as the moon-beams play, There the white column greets her grateful ray,

264 'TIS TIME THIS HEART SHOULD BE UNMOVED.

And, bright around with quivering beams beset,
Her emblem sparkles o'er the minaret.

40 The groves

of olives scatter'd dark and wide, Where meek Cephisus pours his scanty tide, The cypress saddening by the sacred mosque, The gleaming turret of the gay kiosk, And, dun and sombre 'mid the holy calm, 45 Near Theseus' fane yon solitary palm, All tinged with varied hues, arrest the eye, And dull were his that pass’d them heedless by. Again the Ægean, heard no more afar, Lulls his chafed breast from elemental war; 50 Again his waves in milder tints unfold Their long array of sapphire and of gold, Mixt with the shades of many a distant isle, That frown—where gentler ocean seems to smile.

BYRON.

'T IS TIME THIS HEART SHOULD BE

UNMOVED.

'T is time this heart should be unmoved,

Since others it hath ceased to move; Yet though I cannot be beloved,

Still let me love!

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My days are in the yellow leaf;

The flowers and fruits of love are gone; The worm, the canker, and the grief

Are mine alone!

The fire that on my bosom preys

Is lone as some volcanic isle ;

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No torch is kindled at its blaze

A funeral pile!
The hope, the fear, the jealous care,

The exalted portion of the pain
And power of love, I cannot share,

15 But wear the chain. But 't is not thusand 't is not here

Such thoughts should shake my soul; nor now, Where glory decks the hero's bier, Or binds his brow.

20 The sword, the banner, and the field,

Glory and Greece, around me see !
The Spartan borne upon his shield,

Was not more free.
Awake! (not Greece—she is awake !)

25 Awake, my spirit! think through whom Thy life-blood tracks its parent lake,

And then strike home!
Tread those reviving passions down,
Unworthy manhood !-unto thee

30 Indifferent should the smile or frown

Of beauty be.
If thou regret’st thy youth, why live?

The land of honourable death
Is here :-up to the field, and give

35 Away thy breathi Seek out—legs often sought than found

A soldier's grave, for thee the best; Then look around, and choose thy ground, And take thy rest.

40 BYRON.

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