1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

John Taylor Esq., "To the Right Honourable Lord Byron" The Sun (26 October 1815).



BYRON, whose spells imagination bind,
And storm or sooth the ductile heart at will,
Ah! since thy Muse can print, with equal skill,
Each bold or softer trace of human kind,
'Rapt in the glowing energy of mind,
Let not the scenes of woe and danger still
Whelm us with anguish, or with horror chill,
For sure thou now can'st fairer prospects find.
And since benignant Heav'n has join'd thy fate
To Worth and graces all who know admire,
Led by the virtues of thine honour'd Mate,
Devote to happier themes thy potent lyre;
So may ye share on earth a blissful state;
Till both, resign'd in age, at once expire.