1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

James Hogg, "To the Right Hon. Lord Byron" The Pilgrims of the Sun (1815) vii.



Not for thy crabbed state-creed, wayward wight,
Thy noble lineage, nor thy virtues high,
(God bless the mark!) do I this homage plight;
No — 'tis thy bold and native energy;
Thy soul that dares each bound to overfly,
Ranging through Nature on erratic wing—
These do I honour — an would fondly try
With thee a wild aerial strain to sing:
Then, O! round Shepherd's head thy charmed mantle fling.