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10. Thy youth, thy charms, thy tenderness

Thy soul from long seclusion pure; . From what even here hath past may guess,

What there thy bosom must endure.

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Oh! pardon that imploring tear,

Since not by Virtue shed in vain- ... My frenzy drew from eyes so dear

For me they shall not weep again. voor indi.

12. Though long and mournful must it be, ions, sembrava

The thought that we no more may meetrit Yet I deserve the stern decree, lai veiks n i?

And almost deem the sentence sweet. I 150

13. Still—had I lov'd thee less--my heart

Had less have sacrificed to thine; ... It felt not half so much to part,

As if its guilt had made thee mine w

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START not !--nor deem my spirit fled:

In me behold the only skull, From which, unlike a living head,

Whatever flows is never Jull.


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I livedI loved-I quaff'd like thee; ...

I died-let earth my bones resign.':.. Fill up—thou canst not injure me; 1.1.1.

The worm hath fouler lips than thine.,

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Better to hold the sparkling grape

Than nurse the earth-worm's slimy brood; ;. ** And circle in the goblet's shape

The drink of Gods, than reptile's food.,

Where once my wit perchance hath shone,

In aid of others' let me shine;
And when, alas ! our brains are gone,

What nobler substitute than wine!


: Quaff while thou canst—another race,
2 When thou and thine like me are sped,

May rescue thee from earth’s embrace, . And rhyme and revel with the dead.

5. · Why not? since through life's little day".!! Our heads such sad effects produce;

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Newstead Abbey, 1808.


AMONGST an enslaved people, obliged to have recourse to foreign presses even for their books of religion, it is less to be wondered at that we find so few publications on general subjects than that we find any at all. The whole number of the Greeks, scattered up and down the Turkish empire and elsewhere, may amount, at most, to three millions; and yet, for so scanty a number, it is impossible to discover any nation with so great a proportion of books and their authors, as the Greeks of the present century. " Ay," but say the generous advocates of oppression, who, while they assert the ignorance of the Greeks, wish to prevent them from dispelling it, “ay, but these are mostly, if not all, ecclesiastical tracts, and consequently good for nothing.” Well! and pray what else can they write about?—It is pleasant enough to hear a Frank, particularly an Englishman, who may abuse the government of his own country; or a Frenchman, who may abuse every government except his own, and who may range at will over every philosophical, religious, scientific, sceptical, or moral subject, sneering at. the Greek legends. A Greek must not write on politics, and cannot touch on science for want of instruction; if he doubts, he is excommunicated and damned; therefore his countrymen are not poisoned with modern philosophy: and as to morals, thanks to the Turks! there are no such things. What then is left him, if he has a turn for scribbling? Religion and holy biography: and it is natural enough that those who have so little in this life should look to the next. It is no great wonder then that in a catalogue now before me of fifty-five Greek writers, many of whom were lately living, not above fifteen should have touched on any thing but religion. The catalogue alluded to is contained in the twenty-sixth chapter of the fourth volume of Meletius's Ecclesiastical History. From this I subjoin an extract of those who have written on general subjects; which will be followed by some specimens of the Romaic.


LIST OF ROMAIC AUTHORS* Neophitus, Diakonos (the deacon) of the Morea, has

• It is to be observed that the names given are not in chronological order, but consist of some selected at a venture from amongst those who flourished from the taking of Corstantinople to the time of Meletius.

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