The Last Days of Lord Byron: With His Lordship's Opinions on Various Subjects, Particularly on the State and Prospects of Greece

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Knight and Lacey, 1825 - 360 páginas
A look at Lord Byron's involvement and motivations with respect to Greece and Greek independence.
 

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Página 101 - My days are in the yellow leaf; The flowers and fruits of love are gone: The worm, the canker, and the grief Are mine alone ! The fire that on my bosom preys Is lone as some volcanic isle ; No torch is kindled at its blaze — A funeral pile ! The hope, the fear, the jealous care, The exalted portion of the pain And power of love, I cannot share, But wear the chain.
Página 102 - Tread those reviving passions down, Unworthy manhood! — unto thee Indifferent should the smile or frown Of beauty be. If thou regret'st thy youth, why live? The land of honourable death Is here: — up to the field, and give Away thy breath! Seek out — less often sought than found — A soldier's grave, for thee the best; Then look around and choose thy ground, And take thy rest.
Página 101 - The hope, the fear, the jealous care, The exalted portion of the pain And power of love, I cannot share, But wear the chain. But 'tis not thus — and 'tis not here — Such thoughts should shake my soul, nor now, Where glory decks the hero's bier, Or binds his brow. The sword, the banner, and the field, Glory and Greece, around me see! The Spartan, borne upon his shield, Was not more free.
Página 81 - In all the attendants," says Parry, "there was the officiousness of zeal; but, owing to their ignorance of each other's language, their zeal only added to the confusion. This circumstance, and the want of common necessaries, made Lord Byron's apartment such a picture of distress and even anguish during the two or three last days of his life, as I never before beheld, and wish never again to witness.
Página 88 - Eternity and space are before me, but on this subject, thank God, I am happy and at ease. The thought of living eternally, of again reviving, is a great pleasure. Christianity is the purest and most liberal religion in the world; but the numerous teachers who are continually worrying mankind with their denunciations and their doctrines, are the greatest enemies of religion. I have read with more attention than half of them the Book of Christianity, and I admire the liberal and truly charitable principles...
Página 104 - Greeks, the most precious portion of his honoured remains were carried to the church, where lie the bodies of Marco Bozzari and of General Normann. There we laid them down : the coffin was a rude, ill-constructed chest of wood ; a black mantle served for a pall; and over it we placed a helmet and a sword, and a crown of laurel.
Página 104 - April 21. — For the remainder of this day and the next, a silence, like that of the grave, prevailed over the whole city. We intended to have performed the funeral ceremony on the twenty-first, but the continued rain prevented us. The next day, (22d,) however, we acquitted ourselves of that sad duty, as far as our humble means would permit.
Página 145 - NO, while I was almost breathless with the exertion of following him through the crowded streets. " After seeing at Mr Galloway's manufactory not only the things which had been prepared for the Greeks, but his other engines and machines, we proceeded to another manufactory at the foot of Southwark Bridge, where our brigade of guns stood ready mounted. When Mr Bentham had satisfied his curiosity here also, and I...
Página 114 - I was commanded to enter it on hia memorandum-book, and then he pronounced, In a solemn tone of voice, while blacky stood aghast, expecting some severe punishment, the following doom : ' My determination is, that the children born of these black women, of which you may be the father, shall be my property, and I will maintain them. What say you?' 'Go— Go— God bless you, massa, may you live great while,' stuttered out the groom, and sallied, forth to tell the good news to the two distressed women."—...
Página 91 - When he took my hand," says Parry, "I found his hands were deadly cold. With the assistance of Tita I endeavoured gently to create a little warmth in them; and also loosened the bandage which was tied round his head. Till this was done he seemed in great pain, clenched his hands at times, gnashed his teeth, and uttered the Italian exclamation of 'Ah Christi !' He bore the loosening of the band passively, and, after it was loosened, shed tears; then taking my hand again, uttered a faint good night,...

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