Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lord Byron at Cape Sounion

(The Byron signature carved by the poet himself on Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion around 1810)

"Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!
Our virgins dance beneath the shade--
I see their glorious black eyes shine;
But gazing on each glowing maid,
My own the burning teardrop laves,
To think such breasts must suckle slaves.

Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and I,
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep;
There, swanlike, let me sing and die:
A land of slaves shall ne'er be mine--
Dash down yon cup of Samian wine! "

Lord Byron - The Isles of Greece




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