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GREECE
[ Also see Athens Countries Europe Homer ]

Clime of the unforgotten brave!
  Whose land, from plain to mountain-cave,
    Was Freedom's home, or Glory's grave;
      Shrine of the mighty! can it be,
        That this is all remains of thee?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

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?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto II, st. 2)

Fair Greece! and relic of departed worth!
  Immortal, though no more; though fallen great!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto II, st. 73)

The isles of Greece, the isles of Greece!
  Where burning Sappho loved and sung.
    Where grew the arts of war and peace,--
      Where Delos rose, and Phoebus sprung!
        Eternal summer gilds them yet,
          But all, except their sun, is set.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto III, st. 86)

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?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Bride of Abydos (canto I)

Such is the aspect of this shore;
  'Tis Greece, but living Greece no more!
    So coldly sweet, so deadly fair,
      We start, for soul is wanting there.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Giaour (l. 90)

Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts
  And eloquence.
      - John Milton, Paradise Regained
         (bk. IV, l. 240)

To Greece we give our shining blades.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Evenings in Greece--First Evening

Nobody can say a word against Greek: it stamps a man at once as an educated gentlemen.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara


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