Verse > Anthologies > Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. > Poems of Places > Greece
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
CONTENTS · BOOK CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Greece and Turkey in Europe: Vol. XIX.  1876–79.
 
Greece: Sunium (Colonna), the Cape
Sunium
Nicholas Michell (1807–1880)
 
(From Ruins of Many Lands)

HIGH o’er the billows Sunium glances now,
An airy temple gleaming on its brow.
Fair mount! the first, the last to greet the eyes
Of those who sail beneath blue Attic skies,
How many a banished Greek, in ancient days,        5
Hath viewed yon rocks with sadly wistful gaze!
There Simon looked in silence: o’er these seas
Heaved many a sigh the wronged Themistocles;
And he whom gold ne’er tempted, fear ne’er moved,
Exiled by foes he saved, by friends he loved,        10
Prayed for the land fast fading from his view,
Gazed, while his veteran soul all weakness grew,
Called on the gods,—ah! not to curse, but bless,
Till blinding tears relieved his heart’s distress.
 
  What though no more on Sunium’s sacred steep        15
Altars shall blaze, and light the midnight deep,
Or hymns resound at morning’s opening smile,
Answered by songs from neighboring cape and isle,
While clouds of incense floating through the calm,
Sweeten the sea, and fill all heaven with balm;        20
Those snow-white columns ages still shall brave,
Charm seamen’s eyes, and gleam across the wave,
Dead Art’s sweet spirit watching on that shore
Which Glory owns and gods protect no more.
 
 
CONTENTS · BOOK CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors