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LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON NOEL BYRON)
English poet
(1788 - 1824)
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O Fame!--if I e'er took delight in thy praises,
  'Twas less for the sake of thy high-sounding phrases,
    Than to see the bright eyes of the dear one discover
      She thought that I was not unworthy to love her.
      - Stanzas Written on the Road Between Florence and Pisa
        [Fame]

Kind reader! take your choice to cry or laugh;
  Here Harod lies--but where's his Epitaph?
    If such you seek, try Westminister, and view
      Ten thousand, just as fit for him as you.
      - Substitute for an Epitaph [Epitaphs]

Sweet is old wine in bottles, ale in barrels.
      - Sweet Things (st. 5) [Wine and Spirits]

For what were all these country patriots born?
  To hunt, and vote, and raise the price of corn?
      - The Age of Bronze [Patriotism]

Whose game was empires, and whose stakes were thrones;
  Whose table earth, whose dice were human bones.
      - The Age of Bronze (st. 3) [Gambling]

Egypt! from whose all dateless tombs arose
  Forgotten Pharaohs from their long repose,
    And shook within their pyramids to hear
      A new Cambyses thundering in their ear;
        While the dark shades of forty ages stood
          Like startled giants by Nile's famous flood.
      - The Age of Bronze (V) [Egypt]

Know ye the land where the cypress and myrtle
  Are emblems of deeds that are done in their clime,
    Where the rage of the vulture, the love of the turtle,
      Now melt into sorrow, now madded to crime?
      - The Bride of Abydos (canto I) [Greece]

Where the virgins are soft as the roses they twine,
  And all, save the spirit of man, is divine?
      - The Bride of Abydos (canto I, st. 1) [Man]

Ah! were I sever'd from thy side,
  Where were thy friend and who my guide?
    Years have not seen, Time shall not see
      The hour that tears my soul from thee.
      - The Bride of Abydos (canto I, st. 11)
        [Friends]

Come, lay thy head upon my breast,
  And I will kiss thee into rest.
      - The Bride of Abydos (canto I, st. 11)
        [Kisses]

Go--let thy less than woman's hand
  Assume the distaff--not the brand.
      - The Bride of Abydos (canto I, st. 4)
        [Contempt]

So bright the tear in Beauty's eye,
  Love half regrets to kiss it dry.
      - The Bride of Abydos (canto I, st. 8)
        [Tears]

Be thou the rainbow to the storms of life!
  The evening beam that smiles the clouds away,
    And tints to-morrow with prophetic ray!
      - The Bride of Abydos (canto II, st. 20)
        [Prophecy (Prophesy) : Wives]

Mark! where his carnage and his conquests cease,
  He makes a solitude and calls it--peace!
      - The Bride of Abydos (canto II, st. 20)
        [Peace]

Hark! to the hurried question of Despair
  "Where is my child?"--An echo answers--
    "Where?"
      - The Bride of Abydos (canto II, st. 27)
        [Echo]

O'er the glad waters of the dark blue sea,
  Our thoughts as boundless, and our souls as free,
    Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam,
      Survey our empire, and behold our home!
      - The Corsair (canto I, st. 1) [Navigation]

Oh, who can tell, save he whose heart hath tried?
      - The Corsair (canto I, st. 1) [Experience]

She walks the waters like a thing of life,
  And seems to dare the elements to strife.
      - The Corsair (canto I, st. 3) [Ships]

Such hath it been--shall be--beneath the sun
  The many still must labour for the one.
      - The Corsair (canto I, st. 8) [Labor]

She bears her down majestically near,
  Speed on her prow, and terror in her tier.
      - The Corsair (canto III, st. 15) [Ships]

He left a Corsair's name to other times,
  Linked with one virtue, and a thousand crimes.
      - The Corsair (canto III, st. 24) [Names]

The law of heaven and earth is life for life.
      - The Curse of Minerva (st. 15) [Law]

I tell thee, be not rash; a golden bridge
  Is for a flying enemy.
      - The Deformed Transformed (act II, sc. 2)
        [Recklessness]

And dreams in their development have breath,
  And tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy;
    They have a weight upon our waking thoughts,
      They take a weight from off our waking toils,
        They do divide our being.
      - The Dream (st. 1) [Dreams]

Sleep hath its own world,
  A boundary between the things misnamed
    Death and existence: Sleep hath its own world,
      And a wide realm of wild reality,
        And dreams in their development have breath,
          And tears and tortures, and the touch of joy.
      - The Dream (st. 1) [Sleep]


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