1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Robert Gilmour, "Answer to the Monarch Minstrel" Morning Chronicle (13 October 1815).



Sweet are the tones thy Harp affords,
Lov'd Minstrel of the British land!
Not Israel's King, who swept the chords
With all a master's skillful hand,
Can more than thou the listening heart command.

He found that Love could lead to crime,
And often woke the bitter sigh;
But still his strains shall conquer Time,
And his the song that ne'er shall die;
And also dear was he to Virtue's eye.

The same dull heart of stagnant mould,
Which scarce one finer feeling warms,
The mind, to all, but interest cold,
May safely mock at Love's alarms;
But generous bosoms glow at Beauty's charms.

Then wake thy wild harp from repose,
Be not by Envy's scandal moved—
Even he, the man of many woes
Thus gently Israel's fair reproved—
"Greatly she erred, but yet, she greatly loved!"
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