1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

C. S., "Cui Bono" The Sun (12 January 1815).



Why should CHILDE HAROLD try the married state?
Is it from love and genuine passion? O no.
Mourn, Lady, mourn your melancholy fate,
Soon will you say I'm married, but Cui Bono?

Of Grecian Courtesans the maudlin Mate,
Can the CHILDE act a British Husband's part?
Lady, I ween you'll find your wants too late,
No CHILD but one, a CHILDE without a heart.

Yclad in auncient SPENSER'S rags and patches
He plays at verse with wondrous waste of thought;
And tho' Reviewers venal praise he catches,
Nought are his love and lays; his love and lays are nought.