1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Thomas Mulock, "To Lord Byron, on reading some unsuspected Passages of Scripture wrought into his Poetry" Morning Chronicle (1 March 1820).



Bard of the broken heart! whose sovereign skill
Has swept the chords that waken inmost woe:
Thou tuneful tracer of the streams that flow,
In fitful tides from nature's found of ill,
Making life leprous! thence such plagues distil!
Thou who hast known, what all would madly know,
Pleasure's fierce throb, and fame's exulting glow,
The cheating joys which through our being thrill—
Till God retrieve us! say if light divine
Dawns on thy soul, and brightens to thy view,
That holy page where endlessly shall shine
The Godhead's glory? if a ray of true
Intelligence shall win thee to the mine
Of gospel treasure, all that man e'er knew
Of bliss and wisdom, BYRON, will be thine!