1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Alaric Alexander Watts, in "Envoy" 1833; Lyrics (1851) 323.



To wander forth with Harold's wayward Childe,
As storm or sunshine rules his Pilgrimage;
To share his gentler moods, his transports wild,
And hang with breathless wonder o'er his page.
Alas! that he who could all hearts engage,
And stir, at will, the soul's divinest springs,
War with his better self so oft would wage,
And wring harsh discords from harmonious strings;
Veiling his spirit's eyes, like the angel, with his wings!