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So may'st thou prosper where thy youth was rear'd
Since cold each kinder heart that might approve,
XcV. Thou too art gone, thou lov'd and lovely one ! Whom youth and youth's affection bound to me; Who did for me what none besides have done, Nor shrank from one albeit unworthy thee. What is my being? thou hast ceas'd to be! Nor staid to welcome here thy wanderer home, Who mourns o'er hours which we no more shall see
Would they had never been, or were to come! Would he had ne'er return'd to find fresh cause to roam !
XCVI. Oh! ever loving, lovely, and belov'd! How selfish Sorrow ponders on the past, And clings to thoughts now better far remov'd! But Time shall tear thy shadow from me last. All thou could'st have of mine, stern Death! thou hast; The parent, friend, and now the more than friend; Ne'er yet for one thine arrows flew so fast,
And grief with grief continuing still to blend, Hath snatch'd the little joy that life had yet to lend.
XCVII. Then must I plunge again into the crowd, And follow all that Peace disdains to seek ? Where Revel calls, and Laughter, vainly loud, False to the heart, distorts the hollow cheek, To leave the flagging spirit doubly weak ; Still o'er the features, which perforce they cheer, To feign the pleasure or conceal the pique;
Smiles form the channel of a future tear, Or raise the writhing lip with ill-dissembled sneer.
XCVIII. What is the worst of woes that wait on age? What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow? To view each lor'd one blotted from life's page, And be alone on earth, as I am now. Before the Chastener humbly let me bow, O’er hearts divided and o'er hopes destroy'd : Roll on, vain days! full reckless may ye flow,
Since Time hath reft whate'er my soul enjoy'd, And with the ills of Eld mine earlier years alloy'd.
END OF CANTO 11.
NOTES TO CANTO II.
1. Part of the Acropolis was destroyed by the explosion of a magazine during the Venetian siege.
2. We can all feel, or imagine, the regret with which the ruins of cities, once the capitals of empires, are beheld; the reflection suggested by such objects are too trite 10 require recapitulation. But never did the littleness of man, and the vanity of his very best virtues, of patriotism to exalt, and of valour to defend his country, appear more conspicuous than in the record of what Athens was, and the certainty of what she now is! This theatre of contention between mighty factions, of the struggles of orators, the exaltation and deposition of tyrants, the triumph and punishment of generals, is now become a scene of petty intrigue and perpetual disturbance, between the bickering agents of certain British nobility and gentry. “ The wild foxes, the owls and serpents in the ruins of Babylon,” were surely less degrading than such ivha. bitants. The Turks have the plea of conquest for their tyranny, and the Greeks have only suffered the fortune of war, incidental to the bravest; but how are the mighty fallen, when two painters contest the privilege of plundering the Parthenon, and triumph in turn, according to the tenor of each succeeding firman! Sylla could but punish, Philip subdue, and Xerxes burn Athens; but it remained for the paltry Antiquarian, and his despicable agents, to render her contemptible as himself and his pursuits.
3. It was not always the custom of the Greeks to burn their dead; the greater Ajax in particular was interred entire. Almost all the chiefs became gods after their decease, and he was indeed neglected, who had not annual games near his tomb, or festivals in honour of his memory by his countrymen, as Achilles, Brasidas, &c. and at last even Antinous, whose death was as heroic as his life was infamous.
4. The temple of Jupiter Olympius, of which sixteen columns entirely of marble yet survive: orginally there were 150. These columns, however, are by many supposed to have belonged to the Pantheon.
5. The ship was wrecked in the Archipelago.
6. At this moment (January 3, 1809,) besides what has been already deposited in London, an Hydriot vessel is in the Piræus to receive every portable relic. Thus, as I heard a young Greek observe in common with many of his countrymen-for, lost as they are, they yet feel on this occasion—thus may Lord Elgin boast of haviog ruined Athens. An Italian painter of the first eminence named Lusieri, is the agent of devastation; and like the Greek finder of Verres in Sicily, who followed the same profession, he has proved the able instrument of plunderBetween this artist and the French Consul Fauvel, who wishes to rescue the remains for his own government, there is now a violent dispute concerning a car employed in their conveyance, the wheel of which-I wish they were both broken upon it-has been locked up by the Consul, and Lusieri has laid his complaint before the Waywode. Lord Elgin has been extremely happy in his choice of Signor Lusieri.
7.“ When the last of the Metopes was taken from the Parthenon, and, in moving of it, great part of the superstructure with one of the triglyphs was thrown down by the workmen, whom Lord Elgin employed, the Disdar, who beheld the mischief done to the building, took his pipe from his mouth, dropped a tear, and, in a supplicating tone of voice, said to Lusieri, I was present !”
Dr. Clark's I ravcls.
8. According to Zozimus, Minerva and Achilles frightened Alaric from the Acropolis ; but others relate that the Gothic King was nearly as mischievous as the Scottish peer-See CHANDLER.
9. The netting to prevent blocks or splinders from falling on deck during action.
10. Goza is said to have been the island of Calypso.
11. Albania comprises part of Macedonia, Illyria Cha. onia, and Epirus. Iskander is the Turkish work for Alex. ander; and the celebrated Scanderbeg (Lord Alexander) is alluded to in the third and fourth lines of the thirty-eighth stanza. I do not know whether I am correct in making Scanderbeg the countryman of Alexander, who was born at Pella in Macedon, but Mr. Gibbon terms him so, and adds Pyrrhus to the list, in speaking of his exploita,
13. Actium and Trafalgar need no further mention. The battle of Lepanto, equally bloody and considerable, but less knowo, was fought in the gulph of Patras ; here the author of Don Quixote lost his left hand.
14 Leucadia, now Santa Maura. From the promontory (the lover's Leap) Sappho is said to have thrown herself.
15. It is said, that on the day previous to the battle of Actium, Avthony had Thirteen kings at his levee.
16. Nicopolis, whose ruins are most extensive, is at some distance from Actium, where the wall of the Hip. podrome survives in a few fragments.
17. According to Puuqueville the Lake of Yaniga; but Pouqueville is always out.