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2. It is said that the Athenian could recite Euripides were set 233. note 5.

3 In The Mysteries of Udolpho.

4. In The Ghost-Seer.

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15 The twelve children of Niobe were slain by Apollo. They are the subject of a famous ancient group of statuary.

16 Cicero's

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But when the rising moon begins to climb
Its topmost arch, and gently pauses there;
When the stars twinkle through the loops of
time,
And the low night-breeze waves along the air
The garland-forest, which the gray walls wear,
Like laurels on the bald first Caesar's head;18
When the light shines serene but doth not glare,
Then in this magic circle raise the dead:
Heroes have trod this spot—'tis on their dust
ye tread.

145

“While stands the Coliseum, Rome shall stand;
“When falls the Coliseum Rome shall fall;
“And when Rome falls—the World.” From
our own land
Thus spake the pilgrims o'er this mighty wall
In Saxon times, which we are wont to call
Ancient; and these three mortal things are still
On their foundations, and unaltered all;
Rome and her Ruin past Redemption's skill,
The World, the same wide den—of thieves,
or what ye will.

THE OCEAN. FROM CANTO IV

178

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel

What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all con

ceal.
179

Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean—roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin—his control
Stops with the shore; upon the watery plain
The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
A shadow of man's ravage, save his own,
When, for a moment, like a drop of rain,
He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan,

Without a grave, unknelled, uncoffined, and

unknown.

180 His steps are not upon thy paths—thy fields Are not a spoil for him, thou dost arise And shake him from thee; the vile strength he wields 18 Caesar was glad to cover his baldness with the

For earth's destruction thou dost all despise,
Spurning him from thy bosom to the skies,
And send'st him, shivering in thy playful spray
And howling, to his Gods, where haply lies
His petty hope in some near port or bay,
And dashest him again to earth:-there let
him lay.”
181
The armaments which thunderstrike the wall.
Of rock-built cities, bidding nations quake,
And monarchs tremble in their capitals,
The oak leviathans, whose huge ribs make
Their clay creator the vain title take
Of lord of thee, and arbiter of war—
These are thy toys, and, as the snowy flake,
They melt into thy yeast of waves, which mar
Alike the Armada’s pride or spoils of Tra-
falgar.
182
Thy shores are empires, changed in all save
thee—
Assyria, Greece, Rome, Carthage, what are they?
Thy waters washed them power while they
were free,
And many a tyrant since; their shores obey
The stranger, slave, or savage; their decay
Has dried up realms to deserts: not so thou;-
Unchangeable, save to thy wild waves' play,
Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow:
Such as creation's dawn beheld, thou rollest

now. 183 Thou glorious mirror, where the Almighty's form

Glasses itself in tempests; in all time,
Calm or convulsed, in breeze, or gale, or storm,
Icing the pole, or in the torrid clime
Dark-heaving—boundless, endless, and sublime,
The image of eternity, the throne
Of the Invisible; even from out thy slime
The monsters of the deep are made; each zone

Obeys thee; thou goest forth, dread, fathom

less, alone.
184

And I have loved thee, Ocean' and my joy
Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be
Borne, like thy bubbles, onward; from a boy
I wantoned with thy breakers—they to me
Were a delight; and if the freshening sea
Made them a terror—’twas a pleasing fear,
For I was as it were a child of thee,
And trusted to thy billows far and near,

And laid my hand upon thy mane—as I do FROM DON JUAN THE SHIPWRECK. FROM CANTO II* 38 But now there came a flash of hope once more;

wreath of laurel which the senate decreed he should wear.

here.

* This grammatical error, occurring in so lofty a

Fo is perhaps the most famous in our iterature. It is quite characteristic of

* Byron's negligence or indifference.

Day broke, and the wind lulled: the masts were gone, The leak increased; shoals round her, but no shore,

The vessel swam, yet still she held her own. They tried the pumps again, and though before Their desperate efforts seemed all useless grown, A glimpse of sunshine set some hands to bale— The stronger pumped, the weaker thrummedia sail. 39 Under the vessel's keel the sail was past, And for the moment it had some effect; But with a leak, and not a stick of mast, Nor rag of canvas, what could they expect? But still 'tis best to struggle to the last, 'T is never too late to be wholly wrecked: And though 'tis true that man can only die once, 'T is not so pleasant in the Gulf of Lyons.

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42 Again the weather threatened,—again blew A gale, and in the fore and after hold Water appeared; yet, though the people knew 1 wove in bits of rope-yarn (usually done to pre

vent chafing)

* Don Juan, with his servants and his tutor Pedrillo, meets with shipwreck in the Mediterranean.

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