1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Barton Bouchier, "To Lord Byron" The Dream of Youth (1818) 76.



Byron! to whom the partial Muse has given
The grasp of Genius, and the fire of Heaven—
Who, like Prometheus, boldly soar'st on high
To seize with holier hand the flame of deathless Poesy:
Daring as he, who lash'd o'er Heaven's plain
His father's steeds — then plung'd amid the main—
Thou smil'st to see his boyhood's dazzled eye
Quail 'neath the circling blaze of Heaven's own minstrelsy.
Whether by mountain's height, or torrent's roar,
Thou throw'st thy glance o'er Nature's wildest store,
Or on thine own lov'd ocean stemm'st the tide,
The wave thy courser, and the storm thy pride,—
Oh! how my soul would pant to follow from afar,
And snatch from thy bright galaxy one falling star.