1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

John Chalk Claris, in "Address to Lord Byron" Poems (1818) 140.



Lord of the mightiest lyre that ever thrill'd
In human hands! once more thy song I hail;
Oh! Thou whose cup the immortal Muse hath fill'd
Fresh from a found whose pure springs never fail!
Vainly shall envy — hatred — pain, assail
That breast, which swelling with celestial fire
Against all earth-born passions must prevail;
Vainly shall Man those subject thoughts require,
Which from his sordid haunts to their own Heaven aspire!