1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

W. J. Extempore, Poet Laureat, "On a Sonnet to Lord Byron, in The Sun of Yesterday" The Sun (27 October 1815).



BYRON, whose spells imagination bind,
Strange spells! which turn the silly head at will,
Ah! since thy muse can paint, with equal skill,
Thy Prince a "Vice," or father most unkind,
(Rapt in the glowing energy of mind,)
Let not the plans of rage and faction still
Whelm us with falsehood, or with rancour chill,
For sure thou now may'st fitter subjects find,
And since the Parish Priest has join'd thy fate,
To one thou must, since all who know, admire,
Led by thy nose, pray moderate thy hate,
And tune to loyal themes thy shameless lyre,
So may ye share on Earth a safe estate,
And not exalted in the Air — expire.