George Gordon Byron

(22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824 / London, England)

Adrian's Address To His Soul When Dying - Poem by George Gordon Byron

Ah! gentle, fleeting, wav'ring sprite,
Friend and associate of this clay!
To what unknown region borne,
Wilt thou now wing thy distant flight?
No more with wonted humour gay,
But pallid, cheerless, and forlorn.

[Animula! vagula, blandula,
Hospes comesque corporis,
Quæ nunc abibis in loca--
Pallidula, rigida, nudula,
Nec, ut soles, dabis jocos?]


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010



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