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BYRON.

" THE SONG OF TIIE SELF.EXILED."

Adieu, adieu ! my native shore

Fades o'er the waters blue ;
The Night-winds sigh, the breakers roar

And shrieks the wild sea mew.
Yon Sun that sets upon the sea

We follow in his flight; Farewell awhile to him and thee,

My native Land-Good night!

“ A few short hours and He will rise

To give the morrow birth;
And I shall hail the main and skies,

But not my mother earth.
Deserted is my own good hall,

Its hearth is desolate;
Wild weeds are gathering on the wall;

My dog howls at the gate.

“ Come hither, hither, my little page!

Why dost thou weep and wail ?
Or dost thou dread the billows' rage,

Or tremble at the gale?
But dash the tear-drop from thine eye ;

Our ship is swift and strong:
Our fleetest falcon scarce can fly

More merrily along."

“ Let winds be shrill, let waves roll bigli,

I fear not wave nor wind;
Yet marvel not, Sir Childe, that I

Am sorrowful in mind;

For I have from my father gone,

A mother whom I love,
And have no friend, save these alone,

But thee-and one above.

“ My father bless'd me servently,

Yet did not much complain ; But sorely will my mother sigh

Till I come back again."“ Enough, enough, my little lad !

Such tears become thine eye ; If I thy guileless bosom had,

Mine own would not be dry.

• Come hither, hither, my staunch yeoman,

Why dost thou look so pale ?
Or dost thou dread a French foeman ?

Or shiver at the gale ?”
“ Deem'st thou I tremble for my life?

Sir Childe, I'm not so weak; But thinking on an absent wife

Will blanch a faithful cheek.

“ My spouse and boys dwell near thy hall,

Along the bordering lake,
And when they on their father call,

What answer shall she make ?"
“ Enough, enough, my yeoman good,

Thy grief let none gainsay ; But I, who am of lighter mood,

Will laugh to flee away.

“ For who would trust the seeming sighs

Of wife or paramour ?
Fresh feres will dry the bright blue eyes

We late saw streaming o'er.
For pleasures past I do not grieve,

Nor perils gathering near ;
My greatest grief is that I leave

No thing that claims a tear.

" And now I 'm in the world alone,

Upon the wide, wide sea : but why should I for others groan,

When none will sigh for me?

Perchance my dog will whine in vain,

Till fed by stranger hands ; But long ere I come back again

He'd tear me where he stands.

“ With thee, my bark, I'll swiftly go

Athwart the foaming brine ;
Nor care what land thou bear'st me to,

So not again to mine.
Welcome, welcome, ye dark-blue waves !

And when you fail my sight, Welcome, ye deserts, and ye caves !

My native Land-Good Night!”

GREECE.”

Fair clime! where every season smiles Benignant o'er those blessed isles, Which, seen from far Colonna's height, Make glad the heart that hails the sight, And lend to loneliness delight. There, mildly dimpling, Ocean's cheek Reflects the tints of many a peak Caught by the laughing tides that lave These Edens of the eastern wave : And if at times transient breeze Break the blue crystal of the seas, Or sweep one blossom from the trees, How welcome is each gentle air That wakes and wafts the odours there ! For there—the Rose o'er crag or vale, Sultana of the Nightingale,

The maid for whom his melody,

His thousand songs, are heard on high, Blooms blushing to her lover's tale : His queen, the garden queen, his Rose, Unbent by winds, unchill'd by snows, Far from the winters of the west, By every breeze and season blest, Returns the sweets by nature given In softest incense back to heaven; And grateful yields that smiling sky Her fairest hue and fragrant sigh.

And many a summer flower is there,
And many a shade that love might share,
And many a grotto, meant for rest,
That holds the pirate for a guest;
Whose bark in sheltering cove below
Lurks for the passing peaceful prow,
Till the gay mariner's guitar
Is heard, and seen the evening star ;
Then stealing with the muffled oar,
Far shaded by the rocky shore,
Rush the night-prowlers on the prey,
And turn to groans his roundelay.
Strange—that where Nature loved to trace,
As if for Gods, a dwelling place,
And every charm and grace bath mix'd
Within the paradise she fix'd,
There man, enamour'd of distress,
Should mar it into wilderness,
And trample, brute-like, o'er each flower
That tasks not one laborious hour;
Nor claims the culture of his hand
To bloom along the fairy land,
But springs as to preclude his care,
And sweetly woos him—but to spare !
Strange—that where all is peace beside,
There passions riot in her pride,
And lust and rapine wildly reign
To darken o'er the fair domain.
It is as though the fiends prevail'd
Against the seraphs they assail'd,
And, fix'd on heavenly thrones, should dne!!
The freed inheritors of hell;
So soft the scene, so form’d for joy,
So curst the tyrants that destroy !

He who hath bent him o'er the dead Ere the first day of death is fled, The first dark day of nothingness, The last of danger and distress (Before Decay's effacing fingers Have swept the lines where beauty lingers), And mark'd the mild angelic air, The rapture of repose, that 's there, The fix'd yet tender traits that streak The languior of the placid cheek,

And-but for that sad shrouded eye,

That fires not, wins not, weeps not, now,

And but for that chill, changeless hrow,
Where cold Obstruction's apathy
Appals the gazing mourner's heart,
As if to him it could impart
The doom he dreads, yet dwells upon;
Yes, but for these, and these alone,
Some moments, ay, one treacherous hour,
He still might doubt the tyrant's power ;
So fair, so calm, so softly seal’d,
The first, last look by death reveal'd !
Such is the aspect of this shore ;
'T is Greece, but living Greece no more !
So coldly sweet, so deadly fair,
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,
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,
Which gleams, but warms no more its cherish'd eart' !

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?
Approach, thou craven crouching slave :
Say, is not this Thermopylæ ?
These waters blue that round you lave,
Oh servile offspring of the free-
Pronounce what sea, what shore is this?
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 ;
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 :

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