1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

A Harrow School-Fellow of Lord Byron, "Verses on the Death of Lord Byron" Morning Chronicle (17 May 1824).



Thyself had'st said, that in the cloudy clime
Which gave thee birth, thou willing would'st not die;
The wish thus breath'd, in thy prophetic rhyme,
Has granted been by answ'ring destiny.

Greece saw thee die — Greece fully made thine own—
By all the ties thy genius could impose;
Greece claim'd thee living as thy fav'rite son,
And dead, laments thee with a nation's woes.

Oh! well, Childe Harold has his fame restored—
And well his wayward pilgrimage has clos'd;
In arms for liberty, by Greece adored,
He died, to Moslem tyranny oppos'd.

Oh, had his sword but drank the oppressor's blood,
His dying voice but rais'd the victor's cry;
The pilgrim's glorious death would then have stood
A crowning, worthy of his poetry.