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And stars unnumber'd o'er the orient shone,
And the wild Muses breathed romantic lore From Syria's palmy groves to Andalusia's shore.
There is a murmuring stillness on the trajn
And, in his heart while faith's bright visions rise, There kneels the high-soul'd prince, the summond
of the skies.
Those years have past in radiance—they have
past, As sinks the daystar in the tropic main; His parting beams no soft reflection cast, They burn-are quench'd—and deepest shadows
reign. And Fame and Science have not left a trace In the vast regions of the Moslem's power, — Regions, to intellect a desert space, A wild without a fountain or a flower, Where towers Oppression midst the deepening
glooms, As dark and lone ascends the cypress midst the
Alas for thee, fair Greece ! when Asia pour'd
Oh ! blest to die in freedom, though in vainThino empire's proud exchange the grave, and
not the chain !
Then, Greece !the tempest rose that burston thee, Land of the bard, the warrior, and the sage ! Oh! where were then thy sons, the great, the free, Whose deeds are guiding stars from age to age ? Though firm thy battlements of crags and snows, And bright the memory of thy days of pride, In mountain might though Corinth's fortressrose, On, unresisted, rolld th' invading tide!
Oh ! vain the rock, the rampart, and the tower, If Freedom guard them not with Mind's uncon
Hush'd is Byzantium-'tis the dead of night,
Where were th' avengers then, whose viewless
might Preserved inviolate their awful fane," When through the steep defiles, to Delphi's
height, In martial splendour pour'd the Persian's train ? Then did those mighty and mysterious Powers, Arm'd with the elements, to vengeance wake, Call the dread storms to darken round their
1 “ Sept des plus fameux parmi les anciens poetes Arabiques sont désignés par les écrivains orientaux sous le nom de Pleiade Arabique, et leurs ouvrages étaient suspendus autour de la Caaba, ou Mosque de la Mecque."-SISMONDI, Littérature du Midi.
2 « The distress and fall of the last Constantine are more glorious than the long prosperity of the Byzantine Cæsars.”— GIBBON'S Decline and Fall, &c. vol. xii. p. 226.
3 See the description of the night previous to the taking of Constantinople by Mahomet II.--GIBbon's Decline and Fall, &c. vol. xii.
towers, Hurl down the rocks, and bid the thunders break;
4 “ This building (the Castle of the Seven Towers, is mentioned as early as the sixth century of the Christian era, as a spot which contributed to the defence of Constantinople ; and it was the principal bulwark of the town on the coast of the Propontis, in the last periods of the empire."--POUQUEVILLE'S Travels in the Morea.
5 See the account from Herodotus of the supernatural defence of Delphi.--MITFORD's Greece, vol. i. p. 396-7.
Ye slept, O heroes ! chief ones of the earth !3
And by your graves, and on your battle-plains, Warriors ! your children knelt to wear the stran
Nowhaveyourtrophies vanish’d, and your homes Are moulder'd from the earth, while scarce
remain E'en the faint traces of the ancient tombs That mark where sleep the slayers or the slain. Your deeds are with the days of glory flown, The lyres are hush'd that swell’d your fame afar, The halls that echo'd to their sounds are gone, Perish'd the conquering weapons of your war;*
Lo, where th’ Albanian spreads his despot sway
No ! on its mountain-air is slavery's breath, And terror chills the hearts whose utter'd plaints were death.
XLVI. Yet if thy light, fair Freedom, rested there, How rich in charms were that romantic clime, With streams, and woods, and pastoral valleys
fair, And wall'd with mountains, haughtily sublime ! Heights that might well be deem'd the Muses'
reign, Since, claiming proud alliance with the skies, They lose in loftier spheres their wild domainMeet home for those retired divinities
That love,where nought of earth may e'erintrude, Brightly to dwell on high, in lonely sanctitude.
1 " In succeeding ages the Atheninns honoured Theseus as a dernigod, induced to it as well by other reasons as because, when they were fighting the Medes at Marathon, a considerable part of the army thought they saw the apparition of Theseus completely armned, and bearing down before them upon the barbarians."-LANGHORNE's Plutarch, Life of Theseus.
2“ From Thermopylæ to Sparta, the leader of the Goths (Alaric) pursued his victorious march without encountering any mortal antagonist; but one of the advocates of expiring paganism has confidently asserted that the walls of Athens were guarded by the goddess Minerva, with her formidable ægis, and by the angry phantom of Achilles, and that the conqueror was dismayed by the presence of the hostile deities of Greece."-GIBBON'S Decline and Fall, &c. vol. v. p. 183.
3 “Even all the chief ones of the earth."-ISAIAH, xiv.
4 “How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished !"-SANUEL, book ii. chap. i.
There in rude grandeur daringly ascends
1 For several interesting particulars relative to the Suliote warfare with Ali Pasha, see Holland's Travels in Albania.
2 “ It is related, as an authentic story, that a group of Suliote women assembled on one of the precipices adjoining the modern seraglio, and threw their infants into the chasm below, that they might not become the slaves of the enemy. -HOLLAND's Travels, &c.
3 The ruins of Sparta, near the modern town of Mistra, are very inconsiderable, and only sufficient to mark the site of the ancient city. The scenery around them is described by travellers as very striking.
There the rose-laurels still in beauty wave, And a frail shrub survives to bloom o'er Sparta's
Yet bright on carth their fame who proudly fell, True to their shields, the champions of thy
cause, Whose funeral column bade the stranger tell How died the brave, obedient to thy laws !1
O lofty mother of heroic worth, How couldst thou live to bring a meaner offspring
Oh, thus it is with man! A tree, a flower,
Green waves the bay when songand bard are fled, And all that round us blooms is blooming o'er the
Hadst thou but perish'd with the free, nor known
And thou, surrounded by thy warriors' graves, Hast drain'd the bitter cup once mingled for thy
And still the olive spreads its foliage round
Those rites have vanish'd-but o'er vale and hill Its fruitful groves arise, revered and hallow'd still.4
Now all is o'er-for thee alike are flown Freedom's bright noon and slavery's twilight
cloud; And in thy fall, as in thy pride, alone, Deep solitude is round thee as a shroud. Home of Leonidas ! thy halls are low; From their cold altars have thy Lares fled ; O'er thee, unmark'd, the sunbeams fade or
glow, And wild-flowers wave, unbent by human tread;
And midst thy silence, as the grave's profound, A voice, a step, would seem as some unearthly
Where now thy shrines, Eleusis ! where thy fane
Taygetus still lifts his awful brow
reeds Risc as of old, when hail'd by classic strain ;
2 « In the Eurotas I observed abundance of those famous reeds which were known in the earliest ages; and all the rivers and marshes of Greece are replete with rose-laurels, while the springs and rivulets are covered with lilies, tuberoses, hyacinths, and narcissus orientalis."-POUQUEVILLE'S Travels in the Morca.
3 It was usual for suppliants to carry an olive branch bound with wool.
4 The olive, according to Pouqneville, is still regarded with veneration by the people of the Moren.
5 It was customary at Eleusis, on the fifth day of the festival, for men and women to run about with torches in their hands, and also to dedicate torches to Ceres, and to contend who should present the largest. This was done in memory of the journey of Ceres in search of Proserpine, during which she was lighted by a torch kindled in the flames of Etna.--Porter's Antiquities of Greece, vol. i. p. 392.
1 The inscription composed by Simonides for the Spartan monument in the pass of Thermopylæ has been thus translated :-“Stranger, go tell the Lacedemonians that we have obeyed their laws, and that we lie here."
And say, what marvel, in those early days,
And mortals heard Fate's language in the blast, And rear'd your forest-shrines, ye phantoms of the
Thebes, Corinth, Argos !-ye renown'd of old,
Search for the classic fane, the regal tomb,