1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Walter Scott, 1818; Lockhart, Life of Scott (1837-38; 1902) 3:238-39.



Byron's countenance is a thing to dream of. A certain fair lady, whose name has been too often mentioned in connexion with his, told a friend of mine, that when she first saw Byron, it was in a crowded room, and she did not know it was, but her eyes were instantly nailed, and she said to herself, that pale face is my fate. And poor soul, if a godlike face and godlike powers could have made any excuse for devilry, to be sure she had one.