1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

John Hamilton Reynolds, in "Pilgrimage of Living Poets to the Stream of Castaly" The Champion (7 April 1816) 110.



A lonely and melancholy figure slowly moved forth [to the Castalian Stream] and silently filled a Grecian urn: — I knew by the look of nobility, and the hurried and turbulent plunge with which the vessel was dashed into the stream, that the owner was LORD BYRON. He shed some tears while gazing on the water, and they seemed to make it purer and fairer: — he declared that he would keep the urn by him, untouched "for some years;" — but he had scarcely spoken, ere he had sprinkled forth some careless drops on the earth. He suddenly retreated.