Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONG, by GEORGE GORDON BYRON

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First Line: Maid of athens, ere we part
Last Line: Can I cease to love thee? No!
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Subject(s): Farewell

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,
By those tresses unconfined,
Wooed by each AEgean wind;
By those lids whose jetty fringe
Kissd thy soft cheeks' blooming tinge;
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
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.
Though I fly to Istambol,
Athens holds my heart and soul:
Can I cease to love thee? No!

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