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LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON NOEL BYRON)
English poet
(1788 - 1824)
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A schoolboy's tale, the wonder of an hour!
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 2)
        [Story Telling : Wonder]

Ancient of days! august Athena! where,
  Where are thy men of might? thy grand in soul?
    Gone--glimmering through the dream of things that were;
      First in the race that led to glory's goal,
        They won, and pass'd away--Is this the whole?
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 2)
        [Athens : Greece]

Dim with the mist of years, gray flits the shade of power.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 2) [Power]

Gone--glimmering through the dream of things that were.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 2) [Past]

Ah! happy years! once more who would not be a boy!
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 23) [Youth]

None are so desolate but something dear,
  Dearer than self, possesses or possess'd
    A thought, and claims the homage of a tear.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 24)
        [Desolation]

But 'midst the crowd, the hum, the shock of men,
  To hear, to see, to feel, and to possess,
    And roam along, the world's tired denizen,
      With none who bless us, none whom we can bless.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 26)
        [Solitude]

This is to be along; this, this is solitude!
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 26)
        [Solitude]

Cooped in their winged sea-girt citadel.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 28) [Navy]

Do proper homage to thine idol's eyes;
  But no too humbly, or she will despise
    Thee and thy suit, though told in moving tropes:
      Disguise even tenderness if thou art wise.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 34) [Wooing]

Not much he kens, I ween, of woman's breast,
  Who thinks that wanton thing is won by sighs.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 34) [Wooing]

'Tis an old lesson; time approves it true,
  And those who know it best, deplore it most;
    When all is won that all desire to woo,
      The paltry prize is hardly worth the cost.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 35) [Wooing]

Foul Superstition! howsoe'er disguised,
  Idol, saint, virgin, prophet, crescent, cross,
    For whatsoever symbol thou art prized,
      Thou sacerdotal gain, but general loss!
        Who from true worship's gold can separate thy dross?
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 44)
        [Superstition]

"There is no god but God!--to prayer--lo!
  God is great!"
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 59) [God]

The dome of Thought, the palace of the Soul.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 6) [Soul]

As winds come lightly whispering from the West,
  Kissing, not ruffling, the blue deep's serene.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 70) [Wind]

Fair Greece! and relic of departed worth!
  Immortal, though no more; though fallen great!
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 73) [Greece]

Hereditary bondsmen! Know ye not
  Who would be free themselves must strike the blow?
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 76) [Freedom]

Oh Love! young Love! bound in thy rosy band,
  Let sage or cynic prattle as he will,
    These hours, and only these, redeem Life's years of ill.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 81) [Love]

A thousand years scarce serve to form a state;
  An hour may lay it in the dust.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 84)
        [Government]

Age shakes Athena's tower, but spares gray Marathon.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 88) [Age]

Where'er we tread 'tis haunted, holy ground.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 88)
        [Holiness]

Smiles form the channels of a future tear.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 97) [Smiles]

What is the worst of woes that wait on age?
  What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow?
    To view each love one blotted from life's page,
      And be alone on earth as I am now.
      - Childe Harold (canto II, st. 98) [Age]

I depart,
  Whither I know not; but the hour's gone by
    When Albion's lessening shores could grieve or glad mine eye.
      - Childe Harold (canto III, st. 1)
        [Traveling]


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