1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

B. B., "To the Right Hon. Lord Byron, on the recent Calumnies occasioned by his Stanzas in the Morning Chronicle'" Morning Chronicle (8 February 1814).



Let servile scribblers, who maintain
The Father had no fault to weep—
Let such calumniate thy strain,
And on thee fierce invectives heap.

The tear which falls from Virtue's eye,
Could never boast a charm for them;
No frailty could their sight espy,
In one who wore a diadem.

But, though unmark'd by Courtier's gaze,
The Sire's offence, the Realm's decline;
Though such can lend no voice of praise
To virtue's fears, or verse of thine;

Yet these shall charm a future age,
When they who shar'd that Sire's disgrace,
Shall live in History's faithful page,
The vilest of a servile reign.