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The Scian and the Teian muse,

The hero's harp, the lover's lute,
Have found the fame your shores refuse;

Their place of birth alone is mute
To sounds which echo further west
Than your sires' “ Islands of the Blest."

The mountains look on Marathon

And Marathon looks on the sea; And musing there an hour alone,

I dream'd that Greece might still be free; For standing on the Persian's grave, I could not deem myself a slave.

A king sate on the rocky brow

Which looks o'er sea-born Salamis ;
And ships, by thousands, lay below,

And men in nations;-all were his !
He counted them at break of day-
And when the sun set, where were they?

And where are they? and where art thou,

My country? On thy voiceless shore The heroic lay is tuneless now

The heroic bosom beats no more! And must thy lyre, so long divine, Degenerate into hands like mine?

'Tis something, in the dearth of fame,

Though link'd among a fetter'd race,
To feel at least a patriot's shame,

Even as I sing, suffuse my face;
For what is left the poet here?
For Greeks a blush--for Greece a tear.

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Must we but weep o'er days more blest?

Must we but blush ?-Our fathers bled,
Earth! render back from out thy breast

A remnant of our Spartan dead!
Of the three hundred grant but three,
To make a new Thermopylæ !

What, silent still ? and silent all?

Ah! no;-the voices of the dead Sound like a distant torrent's fall, And answer,

“ Let one living head, But one arise, --we come, we come!" 'Tis but the living who are dumb.

In vain-in vain : strike other chords;

Fill high the cup with Samian wine! Leave battles to the Turkish hordes,

And shed the blood of Scio's vine! Hark! rising to the ignoble callHow answers each bold bacchanal.

You have the Pyrrhic dance as yet,

Where is the Pyrrhic phalanx gone ? Of two such lessons, why forget

The nobler and the manlier one? You have the letters Cadmus gave Think ye he meant them for a slave ?

Fill high the bowl with Samian wine !

We will not think of themes like these!
It made Anacreon's song divine :

He served--but served Polycrates-
A tyrant; but our masters then
Were still, at least, our countrymen.

The tyrant of the Chersonese

Was freedom's best and bravest friend ; That tyrant was Miltiades!

Oh! that the present hour would lend Another despot of the kind! Such chains as his were sure to bind,

Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!

On Suli's rock, and Parga's shore,
Exists the remnant of a line

Such as the Doric mothers bore:
And there, perhaps, some seed is sown,
The Heracleidan blood might own.

Trust not for freedom to the Franks

They have a king who buys and sells ; In native swords, and native ranks,

The only hope of courage dwells; But Turkish force, and Latin fraud, Would break your shield, however broad.


Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!

Our virgins dance beneath the shade I see their glorious black

eyes But gazing on each glowing maid, My own the burning tear-drop 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, swan-like, let me sing and die : A land of slaves shall ne'er be mine Dash down yon cup of Samian wine ?

Thus sung, or would, or could, or should have sung

The modern Greek, in tolerable verse;
If not like Orpheus quite, when Greece was young,

Yet in these times he might have done much worse : His strain display'd some feeling-right or wrong;

And feeling, in a poet, is the source
Of others' feeling; but they are such liars,
And take all colourg-like the hands of dyers.

But words are things, and a small drop of ink

Falling like dew, apon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think;

'Tis strange, the shortest letter which man uses Instead of speech, may form a lasting link

Of ages; to what straits old Time reduces Frail man, when paper--even a rag like this, Survives himself, his tomb, and all that's his.

And when his bones are dust, his grave a blank,

His station, generation, even his nation,
Become a thing, or nothing, save to rank

In chronological commemoration,
Some dull MS. oblivion long has sank,

Or graven stone found in a barrack's station
In digging the foundation of a closet,
May turn his name up as a rare deposit.


And glory long has made the sages smile;

'Tis something, nothing, words, illusion, wind Depending more upon the historian's style

Than on the name a person leaves behind:
Troy owes to Homer what whist owes to Hoyle;

The present century was growing blind
To the great Marlborough's skill in giving knocks,
Until his late life by Archdeacon Coxe.

Milton's the prince of poets--so we say;

A little heavy, but no less divine :
An independent being in his day-

Learn'd, pious, temperate in love and wine;
But his life falling into Johnson's way,

We're told this great high-priest of all the Nine
Was whipt at college-a harsh sire-odd spouse,
For the first Mrs. Milton left his house.

All these are, certes, entertaining facts,

Like Sbakspeare's steeling deer, Lord Bacon's bribes;
Like Titus' youth, and Cæsar's earliest acts;

Like Burns (whom Doctor Currie well describes);
Like Cromwell's pranks ;—but although truth exacts

These amiable descriptions from the scribes,
As most essential to their hero's story,
They do not much contribute to his glory.

All are not moralists, like Southey, when

He prated to the world of “ Pantisocracy;"
Or Wordsworth unexcised, unhired, who then

Season’d his pedlar poems with democracy ;
Or, Coleridge, long before his flighty pen

Let to the Morning Post its aristocracy;
When he and Southey, following the same path,
Espoused two partners (milliners of Bath).

Such names at present cut a convict figure,

The very Botany Bay in moral geography;
Their loyal treason, renegado vigour,

Are good manure for their more bare biography.
Wordsworth's last quarto, by the way, is bigger

Than any since the birth-day of typography,
A clumsy frowsy poem, call’a the Excursion,"
Writ in a manner which is my aversion.

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