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Our voices took a dreary tone, An echo of the dungeon stone, A grating sound, not full and free, As they of yore were wont to be: It might be fancy—but to me They never sounded like our own. I was the eldest of the three And to uphold and cheer the rest I ought to do—and did my best— And each did well in his degree. I saw, and could not hold his head, Nor reach his dying hand—nor dead,— Though hard I strove, but strove in vain, To rend and gnash my bonds in twain. Oh, God! One on the earth, and one beneath— My brothers—both had ceased to breathe: I took that hand which lay so still, Alas!

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Our voices took a dreary tone, An echo of the dungeon stone, A grating sound, not full and free, As they of yore were wont to be: It might be fancy—but to me They never sounded like our own. I was the eldest of the three And to uphold and cheer the rest I ought to do—and did my best— And each did well in his degree. I saw, and could not hold his head, Nor reach his dying hand—nor dead,— Though hard I strove, but strove in vain, To rend and gnash my bonds in twain. Oh, God!

One on the earth, and one beneath— My brothers—both had ceased to breathe: I took that hand which lay so still, Alas! I know not why I had no earthly hope—but faith, And that forbade a selfish death.

What next befell me then and there I know not well—I never knew— First came the loss of light, and air, And then of darkness too: I had no thought, no feeling—none— Among the stones I stood a stone, And was, scarce conscious what I wist, As shrubless crags within the mist; For all was blank, and bleak, and grey; It was not night—it was not day; It was not even the dungeon-light, So hateful to my heavy sight, But vacancy absorbing space, There were no stars, no earth, no time, No check, no change, no good, no crime But silence, and a stirless breath Which neither was of life nor death; A sea of stagnant idleness, Blind, boundless, mute, and motionless!

I know not if it late were free, Or broke its cage to perch on mine, But knowing well captivity, Sweet bird! I could not wish for thine! We were all inmates of one place, And I, the monarch of each race, Had power to kill—yet, strange to tell!

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The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable

He says that his father was executed for his beliefs, and all six of his sons have suffered persecution for the same reason. Three of the six sons died outside of the prison: one was burnt at the stake and two died in battle. Our narrator, the prisoner of Chillon, was originally imprisoned with his two remaining brothers. Our prisoner was left with the youngest brother, who was cheerful and patient. But, unfortunately, he also wasted away and died.

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The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 4/The Prisoner of Chillon

The remaining three sons have been imprisoned together in the dungeon from which the prisoner relates his tale. In Stanza II the prisoner describes his cell. Seven Gothic pillars hold up the heavy roof of this dark prison. A single sunbeam comes in through a crack in the wall. Each pillar has an iron ring, through which is attached a chain that binds the prisoner to the pillar. The prisoner notes that he has been here for years, long enough to be the last survivor among the three brothers.

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Lord Byron's Poems Summary and Analysis of "The Prisoner of Chillon," stanzas I-VII

Goltizil Gristmills and sawmills were…. I begged prisoneg, as a boon, to lay His corse in dust whereon the day Might shine—it was a foolish thought, But then within my brain it wrought, [22] That even in death his freeborn breast In such a dungeon could not rest. I made a footing in the wall, It was not therefrom to escape, For I had buried one and all, Who loved me in hcillon human shape; And the whole earth would henceforth be A wider prison unto me: On its left are the entrances of the Rhone, and opposite are the heights of Meillerie and the range of Alps above Boveret and St. Christabelby S. On this reckoning the Prisoner of Chillon was begun and finished between Thursday, June 27, and Saturday, June 29, One on the earth, and one beneath— My brothers—both had chillin to breathe: Although only a few of his works are still read,…. In early youth he became by inheritance Prior of St.

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The Prisoner Of Chillon - Poem by George Gordon Byron

Our voices took a dreary tone, An echo of the dungeon stone, A grating sound, not full and free, As they of yore were wont to be: It might be fancy--but to me They never sounded like our own. I was the eldest of the three And to uphold and cheer the rest I ought to do--and did my best-- And each did well in his degree. I saw, and could not hold his head, Nor reach his dying hand--nor dead,-- Though hard I strove, but strove in vain, To rend and gnash my bonds in twain. Oh, God!

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