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STANZAS WRITTEN IN PASSING THE AMBRACIAN GULF.

18.

Though smile and sigh alike are vain,
When severed hearts repine,
My spirit flies o'er Mount and Main,
And mourns in search of thine.

October 1, 1809.
[MS. M. First published, Childe Harold, 1812 (4to).]


STANZAS WRITTEN IN PASSING THE AMBRACIAN GULF[1]

1.

Through cloudless skies, in silvery sheen,
Full beams the moon on Actium's coast:
And on these waves, for Egypt's queen,
The ancient world was won and lost.


2.

And now upon the scene I look,
The azure grave of many a Roman;
Where stern Ambition once forsook
His wavering crown to follow Woman.


3.

Florence! whom I will love as well
(As ever yet was said or sung.
Since Orpheus sang his spouse from Hell)
Whilst thou art fair and I am young;


4.

Sweet Florence! those were pleasant times,
When worlds were staked for Ladies' eyes:

  1. Stanzas.—[1812.]