The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 3/Stanzas written in passing the Ambracian Gulf
STANZAS WRITTEN IN PASSING THE AMBRACIAN GULF
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.
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.
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;
November 14, 1809.
[MS. M. First published, Childe Harold, 1812 (4to).]
- Had Bards but realms along with rhymes.—[MS. M.]
- Again we'd see some Antonies.—[MS. M.]
- Though Jove ——.—[MS. M.]
- [Compare [A Woman's Hair] stanza 1, line 4, "I would not lose you for a world."—Poetical Works, 1898, i. 233.]