Maid of Athens, ere we part, by George Gordon Byron

A.E. Chalon, H. T. Ryall, C. R. Cockerell - The Maid of Athens
Painted by A.E. Chalon, engraved by H. T. Ryall, from the picture taken at Athens in 1813 by C. R. Cockerell – The Maid of Athens (1848) – From The Poetical Works of Lord Byron

In 1809–10, the poet George Gordon Byron briefly resided in Athens. He fell in love with the 12 years old Teresa Makri (Τερέζα Μακρή), in whose mother’s house he lodged. In a letter to Henry Drury he said to be “dying for love of three Greek Girls at Athens,” “Teresa, Mariana, and Kattinka.” Before departing for Istanbul, he wrote for Teresa the poem “Maid of Athens, ere we part.” It was first published in Childe Harold in 1812. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…