Ianthe! You are Call'd to Cross the Sea

Original Text: 
Walter Savage Landor, Gebir, Count Julian (1831).
2      A path forbidden me!
3Remember, while the Sun his blessing sheds
4      Upon the mountain-heads,
5How often we have watcht him laying down
6      His brow, and dropt our own
7Against each other's, and how faint and short
8      And sliding the support!
9What will succeed it now? Mine is unblest,
10      Ianthe! nor will rest
11But on the very thought that swells with pain.
12      O bid me hope again!
13O give me back what Earth, what (without you)
14      Not Heaven itself can do--
15One of the golden days that we have past,
16      And let it be my last!
17Or else the gift would be, however sweet,
18      Fragile and incomplete.


1] Published in Gebir, etc., 1831, and reprinted in 1846 with two revisions which are here followed. Ianthe was probably called to cross the sea to Ireland. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
H. Kerpneck
RPO Edition: 
3RP 3.5.