The Curse of Minerva: A Poem

Galignani, 1820 - 21 pages

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Page 6 - Salamis ! Their azure arches, through the long expanse, More deeply purpled meet his mellowing glance, And tenderest tints along their summits driven Mark his gay course, and own the hues of Heaven ; Till darkly shaded from the land, and deep, Behind his Delphian cliff he sinks to sleep.
Page 5 - Salamis! Their azure arches through the long expanse More deeply purpled meet his mellowing glance, And tenderest tints, along their summits driven, Mark his gay course, and own the hues of heaven; Till, darkly shaded from the land and deep, Behind his Delphian cliff he sinks to sleep...
Page 5 - Slow sinks, more lovely ere his race be run, Along Morea's hills the setting sun: Not, as in northern climes, obscurely bright, But one unclouded blaze of living light! O'er the hush'd deep the yellow beam he throws Gilds the green wave, that trembles as it glows.
Page 15 - That a decrepit uncle absorbed in the religious duties of his age and station, should listen to the suggestions of an interested nephew is natural, and that an oriental despot should undervalue the masterpieces of Grecian art is to be expected; though in both cases the consequences of such weakness are much to be lamented ; but that the minister of a nation famed for its knowledge of the language and its veneration for the monuments of ancient Greece, should have been the prompter and the instructor...
Page 15 - Rome) for an upstart family? the Coliseum is stripped to furnish materials. Does a foreign minister wish to adorn the bleak walls of a northern castle with antiques ? the Temples of Theseus or Minerva must be dismantled, and the works of Phidias or Praxiteles be torn from the shattered frieze.
Page 16 - Such rapacity is a crime against all ages and all generations ; it deprives the past of the trophies of their genius and the title deeds of their fame ; the present , of the strongest inducements to exertion , the noblest exhibitions that curiosity can contemplate ; the future , of the masterpieces of art, the models of imitation. To guard against the repetition of such depredations is the wish of every man of genius , the duty of every man in power, and the common interest of every civilized nation,...
Page 17 - Ganges' swarthy race Shall shake your tyrant empire to its base ; Lo ! there Rebellion rears her ghastly head, And glares the Nemesis of native dead ; Till Indus rolls a deep purpureal flood, And claims his long arrear of northern blood. So may ye perish ! — Pallas, when she gave Your free-born rights, forbade ye to enslave.
Page 16 - This attempt to transplant the temple of Vesta from Italy to England, may, perhaps, do honour to the late Lord Bristol's patriotism or to his magnificence; but it cannot be considered as an indication of either taste or judgment."—Ibid. p. 419. .Note 12. Page 191, line 19. ' Blest paper credit' who shall dare to sing ? Blest paper credit, last and best supply.
Page 10 - Athens, he caused his own name, with that of his wife, to be inscribed on a pillar of one of the principal temples. This inscription was executed in a very conspicuous manner, and deeply engraved in the marble, at a very considerable elevation. Notwithstanding which precautions, some person, (doubtless inspired by the...
Page 16 - Vengeance shall follow far beyond the tomb. EROSTRATUS and ELGIN e'er shall shine In many a branding page and burning line! Alike condemn 'd for aye to stand accurs'd Perchance the second viler than the first.

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