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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
II. Parting and Absence
“Maid of Athens, ere we part”
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
MAID of Athens, ere we part,
Give, O, give me back my heart!
Or, since that has left my breast,
Keep it now, and take the rest!
Hear my vow before I go,        5
  [Greek]. 1
By those tresses unconfined,
Wooed by each Ægean wind;
By those lids whose jetty fringe
Kiss thy soft cheeks’ blooming tinge;        10
By those wild eyes like the roe,
By that lip I long to taste;
By that zone-encircled waist;
By all the token-flowers that tell        15
What words can never speak so well;
By love’s alternate joy and woe,
Maid of Athens! I am gone.
Think of me, sweet! when alone.        20
Though I fly to Istambol,
Athens holds my heart and soul:
Can I cease to love thee? No!
Note 1. Zóë mou, sas ágap; My life, I love thee. [back]

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