The Complete Works of Robert Browning Volume 4
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...and what wonder if I beg you to suffer that it make, in another and far easier sense, its nearest possible approach to those Greek qualities of goodness and beauty, by laying itself gratefully at your foot? Lennon, July B, 1871. R. B. ABOUT that strangest, saddest, sweetest song I, when a girl, heard in Kameiros once, And, after, saved my life by? Oh, so glad To tell you the adventure! Petale, Phullis, Charope, Chrusion! You must know, This " after " fell in that unhappy time When poor reluctant Nikias, pushed by fate, Went falteringly against Syracuse; And there shamed Athens, lost her ships and men, And gained a grave, or death without a grave. I was at Rhodes--the isle, not Rhodes the town, Mine was Kameiros--when the news arrived: Our people rose in tumult, cried, " N o more Duty to Athens, let us join the League And side with Sparta, share the spoil, --at worst, Abjure a headship that will ruin Greece! " And so, they sent to Knidos for a fleet To come and help revolters. Ere help came, Girl as I was, and never out of Rhodes The whole of my first fourteen years of life, But nourished with Ilissian mother's-milk, --I passionately cried to who would hear And those who loved me at Kameiros--" No! Never throw Athens off for Sparta's sake Never disloyal to the life and light Of the whole world worth calling world at all! Rather go die at Athens, lie outstretched For feet to trample on, before the gate Of Diomedes or the Hippadai, Before the temples and among the tombs, Than tolerate the grim felicity Of harsh Lakonia! Ours the fasts and feasts, ' Choes and Chutroi; ours the sacred grove, Agora, Dikasteria, Poikile, Pnux, Keramikos; Salamis in sight, Psuttalia, Marathon itself, not...
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