1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bernard Barton

Bernard Barton to Lord Byron, 14 April 1814; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 4:456.



Can you, will you, my Lord, exert your influence to save me from irretrievable ruin? Can you, my Lord, in any possible way, afford employment to me? Can you take me into your service — a young man, not totally destitute of talents, eager to exert them, and willing to do anything or be anything in his power? If you can, my Lord, I will promise to serve you not servilely, but faithfully in any manner you shall point out. Do not, I beg of you, my Lord, refuse my application the moment you peruse it. The mouse, you know, was once able to show its gratitude to the lion; and it may be in my power, if your Lordship will but give me the opportunity, to evince my deep gratitude by any kindness you may show me, not by words but deeds.