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Childe Harold's Pilgrimage [I stood in Venice]

I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs,
  A palace and a prison on each hand:
  I saw from out the wave her structures rise
  As from the stroke of the enchanter's wand:
  A thousand years their cloudy wings expand
  Around me, and a dying Glory smiles
  O'er the far times, when many a subject land
  Looked to the wingéd Lion's marble piles,
Where Venice sate in state, throned on her hundred isles!

  She looks a sea Cybele, fresh from ocean,
  Rising with her tiara of proud towers
  At airy distance, with majestic motion,
  A ruler of the waters and their powers:
  And such she was--her daughters had their dowers
  From spoils of nations, and the exhaustless East
  Poured in her lap all gems in sparkling showers:
  In purple was she robed, and of her feast
Monarchs partook, and deemed their dignity increased.

  In Venice Tasso's echoes are no more,
  And silent rows the songless gondolier;
  Her palaces are crumbling to the shore,
  And music meets not always now the ear:
  Those days are gone--but Beauty still is here;
  States fall, arts fade--but Nature doth not die,
  Nor yet forget how Venice once was dear,
  The pleasant place of all festivity,
The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy!
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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet, peer and politician who became a revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence, and is considered one of the leading figures of the Romantic movement. more…

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