1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Anonymous, "Lines found written in Lord Byron's Bible" The Star (19 May 1825).



Within this awful volume lies,
The mystery of mysteries;
Oh! happiest they of human race,
To whom our GOD has given grace
To hear, to read, to fear, to pray,
To lift the latch, and force the way;
But better had they ne'er been born,
Who read to doubt, or read to scorn!