The Giaour [Unquenched, unquenchable]

George Gordon Byron

 
. . . Unquenched, unquenchable,
Around, within, thy heart shall dwell;
Nor ear can hear nor tongue can tell
The tortures of that inward hell!
But first, on earth as vampire sent,
Thy corse shall from its tomb be rent:
Then ghastly haunt thy native place,
And suck the blood of all thy race;
There from thy daughter, sister, wife,
At midnight drain the stream of life;
Yet loathe the banquet which perforce
Must feed thy livid living corse:
Thy victims ere they yet expire
Shall know the demon for their sire,
As cursing thee, thou cursing them,
Thy flowers are withered on the stem.
But one that for thy crime must fall,
The youngest, most beloved of all,
Shall bless thee with a father's name —
That word shall wrap thy heart in flame!
Yet must thou end thy task, and mark
Her cheek's last tinge, her eye's last spark,
And the last glassy glance must view
Which freezes o'er its lifeless blue;
Then with unhallowed hand shalt tear
The tresses of her yellow hair,
Of which in life a lock when shorn
Affection's fondest pledge was worn,
But now is borne away by thee,
Memorial of thine agony!
 

Poems by This Author

The Destruction Of Sennacherib by George Gordon Byron
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage [I stood in Venice] by George Gordon Byron
I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage [There is a pleasure in the pathless woods] by George Gordon Byron
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto III [excerpt] by George Gordon Byron
There is a very life in our despair
Don Juan [If from great nature's or our own abyss] by George Gordon Byron
If from great nature's or our own abyss
Darkness by George Gordon Byron
I had a dream, which was not all a dream
Epitaph to a Dog by George Gordon Byron
Near this Spot
Lines Inscribed Upon a Cup Formed from a Skull by George Gordon Byron
Start notónor deem my spirit fled
She Walks in Beauty by George Gordon Byron
She walks in beauty, like the night
So we'll go no more a roving by George Gordon Byron
So, we'll go no more a roving
To Thomas Moore by George Gordon Byron
My boat is on the shore
When We Two Parted by George Gordon Byron
When we two parted


Further Reading

Poems for Halloween
Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I [Round about the cauldron go]
by William Shakespeare
The Lady of the Manor [Next died the Lady]
by George Crabbe
All Hallows Night
by Lizette Woodworth Reese
All Souls' Night, 1917
by Hortense King Flexner
Antigonish [I met a man who wasn't there]
by Hughes Mearns
Bats
by Paisley Rekdal
Christabel [excerpt]
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Dirge
by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Dream-Land
by Edgar Allan Poe
Goblin Market
by Christina Rossetti
Hallow-E'en, 1914
by Winifred M. Letts
Hallow-E'en, 1915
by Winifred M. Letts
Hallowe'en Charm
by Arthur Guiterman
Halloween
by Robert Burns
Halloween
by Arthur Peterson
Haunted Houses
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Incantation
by George Parsons Lathrop
Low Barometer
by Robert Bridges
Mr. Macklin's Jack O'Lantern
by David McCord
November Night
by Adelaide Crapsey
On Halloween
by Janet Little
Raising the Devil: A Legend of Cornelius Agrippa
by Richard Harris Barham
Shadwell Stair
by Wilfred Owen
Song of the Deathless Voice
by Abram Joseph Ryan
Sonnet 100
by Lord Brooke Fulke Greville
Spirits of the Dead
by Edgar Allan Poe
The Apparition
by John Donne
The Hag
by Robert Herrick
The Hand of Glory: The Nurse's Story
by Richard Harris Barham
The Haunted Palace
by Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven
by Edgar Allan Poe
The Vampire
by Madison Julius Cawein
The Vampyre
by John Stagg
The White Witch
by James Weldon Johnson
The Witch-Bride
by William Allingham
Theme in Yellow
by Carl Sandburg
Third Charm from Masque of Queens
by Ben Jonson
Ulalume
by Edgar Allan Poe
Vampires
Lamia [Left to herself]
by John Keats
Christabel [excerpt]
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Pocket Vampire
by Dorothy Barresi
The Bride of Corinth [From my grave to wander]
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Distant Moon
by Rafael Campo
The Vampire
by Conrad Aiken
The Vampire
by Rudyard Kipling
The Vampire
by Madison Julius Cawein
The Vampire Bride [I am comeóI am come!]
by Henry Thomas Liddell
The Vampyre
by John Stagg