1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Chandos Leigh, "Verses addressed to Lord Byron, after his publication of Childe Harold" Leigh, Juvenile Poems (1815, 1817) 42.



A new Roscommon rises to our sight;
Nature revives, and error wings her flight;
While Critics, blasted by the voice of truth,
Smart for malignant censures cast on youth;
While rich description lives in glowing strains,
Upheld by Fame, great Byron's genius reigns.
O early wise! with native talents blest,
Champion in senates of the poor distrest.*
High though in rank, with nobler honours shine,
The son of Science, favour'd by the Nine.

* Alluding to his Lordship's maiden speech.