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Lord Byron (1788–1824).  Poetry of Byron.  1881.
 
II. Descriptive and Narrative
Arqua
 
(Childe Harold, Canto iv. Stanzas 30–32.)

  THERE is a tomb in Arqua;—rear’d in air,
  Pillar’d in their sarcophagus, repose
  The bones of Laura’s lover; here repair
  Many familiar with his well-sung woes,
  The pilgrims of his genius. He arose        5
  To raise a language, and his land reclaim
  From the dull yoke of her barbaric foes:
  Watering the tree which bears his lady’s name
With his melodious tears, he gave himself to fame.
 
  They keep his dust in Arqua, where he died;        10
  The mountain-village where his latter days
  Went down the vale of years; and ’tis their pride—
  An honest pride—and let it be their praise,
  To offer to the passing stranger’s gaze
  His mansion and his sepulchre; both plain        15
  And venerably simple, such as raise
  A feeling more accordant with his strain
Than if a pyramid form’d his monumental fane.
 
  And the soft quiet hamlet where he dwelt
  Is one of that complexion which seems made        20
  For those who their mortality have felt,
  And sought a refuge from their hopes decay’d
  In the deep umbrage of a green hill’s shade,
  Which shows a distant prospect far away
  Of busy cities, now in vain display’d,        25
  For they can lure no further; and the ray
Of a bright sun can make sufficient holiday.
 
 
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