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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
Athens (from After Paradise)
By E. Robert Bulwer, Lord Lytton (Owen Meredith) (1831–1891)
 
(1865)

THE BURNT-OUT heart of Hellas here behold!
  Quench’d fire-pit of the quick explosive Past,
Thought’s highest crater—all its fervours cold,
            Ashes and dust at last!
 
And what Hellenic light is living now        5
  To gild, not Greece, but other lands, is given:
Not where the splendour sank, the after-glow
            Of sunset stays in heaven.
 
But loud o’er Grecian ruins still the lark
  Doth, as of old, Hyperion’s glory hail,        10
And from Hymettus, in the moonlight, hark
            The exuberant nightingale!
 
 
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