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A shot is fired-by foe or friend?

Another-'tis to tell
The mountain-peasants to descend,

And lead us where they dwell.

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Oh! who in such a night will dare

To tempt the wilderness ?
And who 'mid thunder peals can hear

Our signal of distress?

7.

And who that heard our shouts would rise

To try the dubious road?
Nor rather deem from nightly cries

That outlaws were abroad.

8.

Clouds burst, skies flash, oh, dreadful hour!

More fiercely pours the storm!
Yet here one thought has still the power
To keep my

bosom warm,

9. While wand'ring through each broken path,

O'er brake and craggy brow; While elements exhaust their wrath.

Sweet Florence, where art thou?

10.

Not on the sea, not on the sea,

Thy bark hath long been gone: Oh, may the storm that pours on me,

Bow down my head alone!

11.

Full swiftly blew the swift Siroc,

When last I press'd thy lip; And long ere now, with foaming shock,

Impelld thy gallant ship.

12.

Now thou art safe; nay, long ere now

Hast trod the shore of Spain; 'Twere hard if ought so fair as thou

Should linger on the main.

13.

And since I now remember thee

In darkness and in dread, As in those hours of revelry

Which mirth and music sped;

14.

Do thou amidst the fair white walls,

If Cadiz yet be free,
At times from out her latticed halls

Look o'er the dark blue sea ;

15.

Then think upon Calypso's isles,

Endear'd by days gone by;
To others give a thousand smiles,

To me a single sigh.

16.

And when the admiring circle mark

The paleness of thy face,
A half-form'd tear, a transient spark

Of melancholy grace,

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Again thou'lt smile, and blushing shun

Some coxcomb's raillery;
Nor own for once thou though’st of one,

Who ever thinks on thee,

18.

Though smile and sigh alike are vain,

When sever'd hearts repine,
My spirit flies o'er mount and main,

And mourns in search of thine.

WRITTEN AT ATHENS.

JANUARY 16, 1810.

The spell is broke, the charm is flown!

Thus is it with life's fitful fever:
We madly smile when we should groan ;

Delirium is our best deceiver.
Each lucid interval of thought

Recalls the woes of Nature's charter, And he that acts as wise men ought,

But lives, as saints have died, a martyr.

WRITTEN AFTER SWIMMING FROM

SESTOS TO ABYDOS. (1)

MAY 9, 1810.

1.

IF, in the month of dark December,

Leander, who was nightly wont (What maid will not the tale remember?)

To cross thy stream, broad Hellespont!

2.

If, when the wintry tempest roar'd,

He sped to Hero, nothing loth, And thus of old thy current pour’d,

Fair Venus ! how I pity both!

3.

For me, degenerate modern wretch,

Though in the genial month of May, My dripping limbs I faintly stretch,

And think I've done a feat to-day.

4.
But since he cross'd the rapid tide,

According to the doubtful story,
To woo,--and-Lord knows what beside,

And swam for Love, as I for Glory;

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"Twere hard to say who fared the best:

Sad mortals ! thus the Gods still plague you! He lost his labour, I my jest;

For he was drown'd, and I've the ague.

SONG.

Ζώη με σας αγαπώ. (2)

ATHENS, 1810.

1.
Maid of Athens, ere we part,
Give, oh, give me back my heart!

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