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Maid of Athens

by
Lord Byron


This poem was written when Byron was leaving Athens in 1810, and  it was dedicated  to the daughter of his landlady, Mrs. Tarsia Macri.
 

In a letter to H. Drury, May 3rd, 1810, Byron wrote:

. . . . I almost forgot to tell you that I am dying for love of three Greek Girls at Athens, sisters, two of whom have promised to accompany me to England, I lived in the same house, Teresa, Mariana, and Kattinka, are the names of these divinities all of them under 15 . . . .


Note:  The last  line of each stanza is written in Greek.   This is Byron's translation:  "My life, I love you!"

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Illustration - Teresa Macri, Byron's "Maid of Athens" from a sketch by T. Allason in 1812

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