| Quote #1
Till I have done with this new day,
The speaker has been banished from the world – even from seeing the sun. He can't even count the number of years it's been since he's seen the sun rise.
| Quote #2
But yet I forced it on to cheer
In his exile in the dungeon of Chillon, the speaker thinks about his brothers as "relics" of his previous life in almost a religious way.
| Quote #3
Because I could have smiled to see
For a while, the speaker would gladly have met death in the dungeon, since it would have meant an end to his exile.