1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Thomas Stott, "Sonnet to Lord Byron" Morning Post (22 April 1824).



Weary of Poesy's romantic charms,
BYRON awhile the Muses' haunts forsakes,
And to the field of Mars himself betakes,
Where barbarous war spreads Terror's wild alarms.
Yet not in Slavery's cause he flies to arms—
To nobler aims his energy awakes—
To rescue Freedom from impending harms,
Where Turkish Tyranny the fell scourge shakes
O'er gallant GREECE. O may the Bard succeed,
And shine as brightly in the brave campaign,
As in the flowery scene of peaceful song;
And whilst Ilyssus rolls his waves along
Where ancient Poets tuned their Doric reed,
May he, triumphant, rouse the lyre again!