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You will proceed in pleasure, and in pride,
Beloved and loving many; all is o'er
My shame and sorrow deep in my heart's core:
The passion which still rages as before, And so farewell—forgive me, love me—No, That word is idle now—but let it go.
My breast has been all weakness, is so yet ;
But still I think I can collect my mind; My blood still rushes where my spirit 's set,
As roll the waves before the settled wind;
To all, except one image, madly blind,
I have no more to say, but linger still,
And dare not set my seal upon this sheet, And yet I may as well the task fulfil,
My misery can scarce be more complete : I had not lived till now, could sorrow kill ;
Death shuns the wretch who fain the blow would meet, And I must even survive this last adieu, And bear with life, to love and pray for you!
[From the same. ]
'Tis sweet to hear At midnight on the blue and moonlit deep The song and oar of Adria's gondolier,
By distance mellow'd, o'er the waters sweep ; 'Tis sweet to see the evening star appear;
'Tis sweet to listen as the night-winds creep From leaf to leaf; 'tis sweet to view on high The rainbow, based on ocean, span the sky.
'Tis sweet to hear the watch-dog's honest bark
Bay deep-mouth'd welcome as we draw near home ; 'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark,
Our coming, and look brighter when we come ; 'Tis sweet' to be awaken’d by the lark,
Or lulld by falling waters ; sweet the hum Of bees, the voice of girls, the song of birds, The lisp of children, and their earliest words.
Sweet is the vintage, when the showering grapes
In Bacchanal profusion reel to earth,
From civic revelry to rural mirth ;
Sweet to the father is his first-born's birth,
Sweet is a legacy, and passing sweet
The unexpected death of some old lady Or gentleman of seventy years complete,
Who've made us youth' wait too-too long already For an estate, or cash, or country seat,
Still breaking, but with stamina so steady
'Tis sweet to win, no matter how, one's laurels,
By blood or ink ; 'tis sweet to put an end
Particularly with a tiresome friend :
Dear is the helpless creature we defend
But sweeter still than this, than these, than all,
Is first and passionate love-it stands alone, Like Adam's recollection of his fall ;
The tree of knowledge has been pluck'd-all's known And life yields nothing further to recall
Worthy of this ambrosial sin, so shown, No doubt in fable, as the unforgiven Fire which Prometheus filch'd for us from heaven.
THE ISLES OF GREECE.
[From Don Juan. Canto III.]
Where burning Sappho loved and sung,
Where Delos rose, and Phæbus sprung!
The hero's harp, the lover's lute,
Their place of birth alone is mute
And Marathon looks on the sea ;
I dreamed that Greece might still be free ;
Which looks o'er sea-born Salamis ;
And men in nations ;-all were his !
My country? On thy voiceless shoie
The heroic bosom beats no more !
'Tis something, in the dearth of fame,
Though link'd among a fetter'd race, To feel at least a patri_t's shame,
Even as I sing, suffuse my face ; For what is left the poet here? For Greeks a blush-for Greece a tear.
Must we but weep o'er days more blest ?
Must we but blush ?-Our fathers bled. Earth! render back from out thy breast
A remnant of our Spartan dead !
Ah! no ;-the voices of the dead
And answer, ‘Let one living head, But one arise,-we come, we come!' 'Tis but the living who are dumb.
In vain-in vain : strike other chords ;
Fill high the cup with Samian wine! Leave battles to the Turkish hordes,
And shed the blood of Scio's vine ! Hark! rising to the ignoble call : How answers each bold Bacchanal !
You have the Pyrrhic dance as yet ;
Where is the Pyrrhic phalanx gone ? Of two such lessons, why forget
The nobler and the manlier one ? You have the letters Cadmus gaveThink ye he meant them for a slave ? Fill high the bowl with Samian wine !
We will not think of themes like these ! It made Anacreon's song divine :
He served—but served Polycrates-
The tyrant of the Chersonese
Was freedom's best and bravest friend ; That tyrant was Miltiades !
Oh! that the present hour would lend Another despot of the kind ! Such chains as his were sure to bind.
Fill high the bowl with Samian wine !
On Suli's rock, and Parga's shore, Exists the remnant of a line
Such as the Doric mothers bore ; And there, perhaps, some seed is sown, The Heracleidan blood might own.
Trust not for freedom to the Franks
They have a king who buys and sells ; In native swords, and native ranks,
The only hope of courage dwells : But Turkish force, and Latin fraud, Would break your shield, however broad.
Fill high the bowl with Samian wine !
Our virgins dance beneath the shadeI see their glorious black eyes shine ;
But gazing on each glowing maid, My own the burning tear-drop laves, To think such breasts must suckle slaves.
Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and I, May hear our mutual murmurs sweep ;
There, swan-like, let me sing and die : A land of slaves shall ne'er be mineDash down yon cup of Samian wine !