[Byron]   [Author List]   [Home]

Stanzas Written in Passing the Ambracian Gulf

Lord Byron
Nov. 14, 1809


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.

Florencewhom 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;

Sweet Florence !    those were pleasant times,

When worlds were staked for ladies' eyes:

Had bards as many realms as rhymes,

Thy charms might raise new Antonies.

Though Fate forbids such things to be,

Yet, by thine eyes and ringlets curl'd !

I cannot lose a world for thee,

But would not lose thee for a world.


[Byron]    [Author List]   [Home]