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And shake him from thee; the vile strength he wields
His petty hope in some near port or bay, And dashest him again to earth :—there let him lay. 1620
The armaments which thunderstrike the walls
They melt into thy yeast of waves, which mar
Thy shores are empires, changed in all save thee-
Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow:
Thou glorious mirror, where the Almighty's form
Dark-heaving-boundless, endless, and sublime,
1645 The monsters of the deep are made; each zone Obeys thee; thou goest forth, dread, fathomless, alone.
And I have loved thee, Ocean! and my joy
And trusted to thy billows far and near,
My task is done, my song hath ceased, my theme
Less palpably before me--and the glow
Farewell! a word that must be, and hath been-
Ye! who have traced the Pilgrim to the scene
Farewell! with him alone may rest the pain,
SONG OF THE GREEK BARD.
FROM THE THIRD CANTO OF “DON JUAN."
The isles of Greece, the isles of Greece!
Where burning Sappho 1 loved and sung,
Where Delos 2 rose, and Phæbus 2 sprung!
The Scian 3 and the Teian 4 muse,
The hero's harp, the lover's lute,
Their place of birth alone is mute 1 A Greek poetess who was in the zenith of her fame about B.C. 600. The glory of Lesbos (Mitylene) was that Sappho was its citizen, and its chief fame centers in the fact of her celebrity.” The poet Swinburne calls Sappho
“Love's priestess, mad with pain and joy of song,
Song's priestess, mad with joy and pain of love." 2 An island fabled to have been raised from the sea by Neptune for Latona, mother of the twin children Apollo (Phoebus) and Diana, born on Delos.
3 Homer, born at Scio.
To sounds which echo further west
The mountains look on Marathon 2
And Marathon looks on the sea;
I dreamed that Greece might still be free;
And where are they? and where art thou,
My country? On thy voiceless shore
The heroic bosom beats no more!
1 “The vñool uakápwv of the Greek poets were supposed to have been the Cape Verde Islands or the Canaries ” (Byron).
2 In Attica,- the scene of one of the world's decisive battles. Here, in B.C. 490, 11,000 Greeks under Miltiades defeated 100,000 Persians. On this and the other historic events mentioned in the poem, consult some good Greek history.
3 Xerxes, king of the Persians.
4 An island of ancient Greece, opposite Athens, - the scene of the famous victory over the Persians by the Greek fleet under Themistocles, B.C. 480.