Lord Byron - Villa Borghese Gardens - Roma, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben
N 41° 54.620 E 012° 29.284
33T E 291668 N 4642871
Quick Description: Lord Byron's poem is inscribed on the base of his statue erected in the gardens of the Villa Borghese in Rome.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 6/24/2019 7:12:02 PM
Waymark Code: WM10V1N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
The statue of Lord Byron is a copy of the Thorvaldsen original of Byron that stands in the library of Trinity College, in Cambridge.

The stone statue shows Lord Byron seated, dressed in an elegant suit with a cloak with his right arm folden over his chest and holding in his left hand, the remainder of a book (probably because of vandalism).

The inscription on the base of the statue is a poem from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, part IV, # CXXXVII. It reads:

"But I have lived, and have not lived in vain:
My mind may lose its force, my blood its fire,
And my frame perish even in conquering pain;
But there is that within me which shall tire
Torture and Time, and breathe when I expire."

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet, peer, and politician who became a revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence, and is considered one of the historical leading figures of the Romantic movement of his era. He is regarded as one of the greatest English poets and remains widely read and influential. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; many of his shorter lyrics in Hebrew Melodies also became popular.

Wikipedia gives a list of his major works and selected shorter lyric poems: (visit link)
Villa Borghese, 00197 Roma, Italy

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