1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Anonymous, in "Genius. Pronounced before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at their last Anniversary" General Repository and Review [Cambridge MA] 4 (October 1813) 385.



Who can unmoved that titled poet view,
Whose glowing pencil traced himself so true?
The same wild feelings with each theme combine,
And his own Harold breathes in every line.
Who but must grieve, while virtue must condemn?
So bright a lustre — yet so false a gem!
Byron! what strange extremes in thee allied,
Lend to thy name their censure and their pride!
Fertile of projects — yet without a plan;
A moody writer — but an ardent man;
A tender bard — with worse than skeptic's gloom;
A fop in Paris — and a sage at Rome!