Page:The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero) - Volume 2.djvu/65

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"With thee, my bark, I'll swiftly go
Athwart the foaming brine;
Nor care what land thou bear'st me to,
So not again to mine.
Welcome, welcome, ye dark-blue waves!
And when you fail my sight,
Welcome, ye deserts, and ye caves!
My native Land—Good Night!"


On, on the vessel flies, the land is gone,
And winds are rude in Biscay's sleepless bay.
Four days are sped, but with the fifth, anon,
New shores descried make every bosom gay;
And Cintra's mountain[1] greets them on their way,
And Tagus dashing onward to the Deep,
His fabled golden tribute[2] bent to pay;
And soon on board the Lusian pilots leap,
And steer 'twixt fertile shores where yet few rustics reap.[3]

  1. [Cintra's "needle-like peaks," to the north-west of Lisbon, are visible from the mouth of the Tagus.]
  2. [Compare Ovid, Amores, i. 15, and Pliny, Hist. Nat., iv. 22. Small particles of gold are still to be found in the sands of the Tagus, but the quantity is, and perhaps always was, inconsiderable.]
  3. —— where thronging rustics reap.—[MS. erased.]