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POEMS 1809-1813.

Had bards as many realms as rhymes,[1]
Thy charms might raise new Antonies.[2]


5.

Though Fate forbids such things to be,[3]
Yet, by thine eyes and ringlets curled!
I cannot lose a world for thee,
But would not lose thee for a World.[4]

November 14, 1809.
[MS. M. First published, Childe Harold, 1812 (4to).]


THE SPELL IS BROKE, THE CHARM IS FLOWN![5]

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.

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

  1. Had Bards but realms along with rhymes.—[MS. M.]
  2. Again we'd see some Antonies.—[MS. M.]
  3. Though Jove ——.—[MS. M.]
  4. [Compare [A Woman's Hair] stanza 1, line 4, "I would not lose you for a world."—Poetical Works, 1898, i. 233.]
  5. Written at Athens.—[1812.]