18 Apr 2020

Byron at Missolonghi


Joseph Denis Odavaere, Lord Byron on his Death-bed, c. 1826, Groeningemuseum, Bruges, Belgium.

On this day in 1824, 6pm, Missolonghi: Byron’s doctor hears him say “I want to sleep now” as he falls into a coma. He will die the next day.

“The mountains look on Marathon—
And Marathon looks on the sea;
And musing there an hour alone,
I dream’d that Greece might still be free.”

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