Lord Byron poetry and plays
famous and familiar quotations
Here is some famous poetry and familiar quotations from the
poems and plays of Lord Byron:-
Oh that the desert were my dwelling-place,
With one fair spirit for my minister,
That I might all forget the human race,
And hating no one, love but only her!
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;
There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but nature more.
Man! Thou pendulum between a smile and tear.
Society is now one polished horde
Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and
Maidens, like moths, are ever caught by glare,
and Mammon wins his way where seraphs might despair.
And thus the heart will break, yet brokenly lives
'Tis strange - but true; for truth is always
Stranger than fiction.
Man's love is of man's life a thing apart,
'Tis woman's whole existence.
In her first passion, a woman loves her lover,
In all the others all she loves is love.
Who hath not proved how feebly words essay
To fix one spark of beauty's heavenly ray?
Who doth not feel, until his failing sight
Faints into dimness with its own delight
His changing cheek, his sinking heart, confess
The might, the majesty of loveliness?
The light of love, the purity of grace,
The mind, the music breathing from her face,
The heart whose softness harmonized the whole,-
And oh, that eye was in itself a soul!
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