Don Juan By Lord Byron Canto III

      What, silent still? and silent all?
        Ah! no; — the voices of the dead
      Sound like a distant torrent's fall,
        And answer, 'Let one living head,
      But one arise, — we come, we come!'
      'T is but the living who are dumb.

      In vain — in vain: strike other chords;
        Fill high the cup with Samian wine!
      Leave battles to the Turkish hordes,
        And shed the blood of Scio's vine!
      Hark! rising to the ignoble call —
      How answers each bold Bacchanal!

      You have the Pyrrhic dance as yet,
        Where is the Pyrrhic phalanx gone?
      Of two such lessons, why forget
        The nobler and the manlier one?
      You have the letters Cadmus gave —
      Think ye he meant them for a slave?

      Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!
        We will not think of themes like these!
      It made Anacreon's song divine:
        He served — but served Polycrates —
      A tyrant; but our masters then
      Were still, at least, our countrymen.

      The tyrant of the Chersonese
        Was freedom's best and bravest friend;
      That tyrant was Miltiades!
        O! that the present hour would lend
      Another despot of the kind!
      Such chains as his were sure to bind.

      Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!
        On Suli's rock, and Parga's shore,
      Exists the remnant of a line
        Such as the Doric mothers bore;
      And there, perhaps, some seed is sown,
      The Heracleidan blood might own.

      Trust not for freedom to the Franks —
        They have a king who buys and sells;
      In native swords, and native ranks,
        The only hope of courage dwells;
      But Turkish force, and Latin fraud,
      Would break your shield, however broad.

      Fill high the bowl with Samian wine!
        Our virgins dance beneath the shade —
      I see their glorious black eyes shine;
        But gazing on each glowing maid,
      My own the burning tear-drop laves,
      To think such breasts must suckle slaves

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