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Look on its broken arch, its ruin'd wall,
Yes, this was once Ambition's airy hall,
People this lonely tower, this tenement refit?
Well didst thou speak, Athena's wisest son!
There no forced banquet claims the sated guest, But Silence spreads the couch of ever welcome rest.
Yet if, as holiest men have deem'd, there be
A land of souls beyond that sable shore,
To shame the doctrine of the Sadducee
Behold each mighty shade reveal'd to sight,
The Bactrian, Samian sage, and all who taught the right!
There, thou!-whose love and life together fled,
Twined with my heart, and can I deem thee dead,
For me 'twere bliss enough to know thy spirit blest!
Here let me sit upon this massy stone,
The marble column's yet unshaken base;
Here, son of Saturn! was thy fav'rite throne: (4)
Yet these proud pillars claim no passing sigh; Unmoved the Moslem sits, the light Greek carols by.
But who, of all the plunderers of yon fane
And bear these altars o'er the long-reluctant brine. (5)
But most the modern Pict's ignoble boast,
To rive what Goth, and Turk, and Time hath spared: (6)
Is he whose head conceived, whose hand prepared,
Her sons too weak the sacred shrine to guard,
Yet felt some portion of their mother's pains, (7)
And never knew, till then, the weight of Despot's chains.
What! shall it e'er be said by British tongue,
Albion was happy in Athena's tears?
Though in thy name the slaves her bosom wrung,
Where was thine Ægis, Pallas! that appall'd
Stern Alaric and Havoc on their way ? (8)
Where Peleus' son? whom Hell in vain enthrall'd,
His shade from Hades upon that dread day
Bursting to light in terrible array!
What! could not Pluto spare the chief once more,
To scare a second robber from his prey?
Idly he wander'd on the Stygian shore,
Nor now preserved the walls he loved to shield before.
Cold is the heart, fair Greece! that looks on thee,
Thy walls defaced, thy mouldering shrines removed
To guard those relics ne'er to be restored.
Curst be the hour when from their isle they roved,
And snatch'd thy shrinking Gods to northern climes abhorr'd!