ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Auctor, "A Lament on the Death of the Noble Poet, Lord Byron" The Examiner (23 May 1824) 329.
1808: Hewson Clarke
1808: Henry Brougham
1809: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1810: Robert Southey
1810: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1811: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1811: John Murray
1812: Henry Crabb Robinson
1812: Mary Russell Mitford
1812: Granville Penn
1812: Sarah S. Pugh
1812: B. B.
1812: George Ellis
1812: Francis Jeffrey
1812: Thomas Denman
1812: Chandos Leigh
1813: J. C. Blaby
1813: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1813: A Lady of Boston
1813: Henry Gally Knight
1814: George Daniel
1814: Thomas Barnes
1814: H. S. B.
1814: T. C. Holland
1814: B. B.
1814: Unus Multorum
1814: Tom Tit
1814: James Hogg
1815: James Hogg
1815: T. Dutton
1815: Robert Gilmour
1815: C. S.
1815: C. S.
1815: John Taylor Esq.
1815: W. J. Extempore
1815: George Ticknor
1816: John Hamilton Reynolds
1816: John Murray
1816: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1816: Leigh Hunt
1816: George Taylor
1816: Thomas Stott
1816: Sir Walter Scott
1816: Francis Jeffrey
1816: Chandos Leigh
1817: John Chalk Claris
1817: A Lady of Glasgow
1817: John Neal
1818: Sir Walter Scott
1818: John Chalk Claris
1818: P. G. Patmore
1818: Mr. Rymer
1818 ca.: Elizabeth Cobbold
1818: An Old Friend
1818: Sir Walter Scott
1818: John Wilson
1818: Chandos Leigh
1818: Rev. Barton Bouchier
1819: John Keats
1819: Rev. Lionel Thomas Berguer
1819: William Gifford
1820: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1820: Charles Lamb
1820: William Wordsworth
1820: David Carey
1820: Thomas Mulock
1820: John Wilson Croker
1821: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1821: John Scott
1821: Bryan Waller Procter
1821: W. H. S.
1821: George Milner
1822: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1822: John Graham of Lifford
1822: James Harley
1822: Robert S. Coffin
1822: G. G-m
1823: Frances Wright
1823: J. H.
1824: Eleanor Dickinson
1824: Sir Walter Scott
1824: Richard Hatt
1824: A Harrow School-Fellow
1824: J. J. Leathwick
1824: Thomas Charleton Smith
1824: John Dodderidge Humphreys
1824: Nathaniel Hazeltine Carter
1824: Bernard M. Carter
1824: Rev. Carlos Wilcox
1824: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
1824: Dr. James McHenry
1824: T. W. R.
1824: James Gordon Brooks
1824: Charles Sprague
1824: Robert Southey
1824: Dabney Carr Terrell
1824: Thomas Haynes Bayly
1824: J. S. W.
1824: Thomas Stott
1824: Thomas Stott
1824: W. P. B.
1824: Matthew Gregory Lewis
1824: J. B.
1824: John Taylor Esq.
1824: Sarah S. Pugh
1825: William Hazlitt
1825: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1825: Thomas Enort Smith
1825: Hugh Brown
1825: Charles Caleb Colton
1825: Sophia Hyatt
1825: Charles Symmons
1825: Elisha Tatham
1826: George Lunt
1826: Richard Ryan
1827: James Hogg
1827: C. T. R.
1827: M. A. B., aged 14
1828: Leigh Hunt
1828: Walter Savage Landor
1828: Rev. George Croly
1828: H. Cox
1829: Mary Howitt
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1829: Rev. Oliver William Bourne Peabody
1829: James Gordon Brooks
1830: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1830: Felicia Hemans
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: John Herman Merivale
1830: C. H.
1830: Mary Shelley
1830: John Wilson Croker
1830: William Kennedy
1831: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1831: John Wilson
1831: Willis Gaylord Clark
1831: Henry Gally Knight
1831: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1832: John Abraham Heraud
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Alaric Alexander Watts
1833: Allan Cunningham
1837: Caroline Norton
1839: Chandos Leigh
1842: Robert Story
1843: John Holland
1846: John Dix
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1857: Samuel Griswold Goodrich
1873: Joseph Devey
1877: Bryan Waller Procter
1880: John Addington Symonds
1891: Samuel Smiles
1893: George Saintsbury
1824: Lord Byron
Oh! Men of Sparta and of Salamis!
Of hilly Athens, — of "bleak Thermopylae"
Of Corinth, whom the double waters kiss,
And Marathon, that awake, like freedom, — free,
And drove the gaudy Persians hounds,
Shaking with foreign fear and gory wounds,
Across the Hellespont wild and deep,—
Mourn! Mourn! Mourn!
The PATRIOT of all Countries lies for aye asleep!
Mourn, mourn, O mourn! Glory and Strength have died;
Bright Genius faded hath, and dazzling wit;
And the proud spirit of the mind (a pride
Pillared on large endowments) down is smit.
Mourn, therefore, to the winds and weeping air!
The perfect music of your deep despair,
As triumph answered once the Spartan state!
Perhaps some hovering sense may still abide
Like Conquest by your side;
Or, — as when BION died,
The Dorian waters wide
Spoke in reply, as may the barren main
Grow fruitful with a sound
Of Sorrow, caught from the sepulchring ground:—
Mourn, therefore, men of Athens! still complain!
And ye who are left behind
Far from the sunny shore, where Freedom pined,
Till he, and others like him, cherished
The dawning Courage till it broke in Day,—
Know ye the Poet of your land hath perished,
A stranger, among troubles, — far away?
O foes! O friends! All, all who have loved the light
Wherein he soothed his spirit stern and high,
And for a Prince of Poesy,
Who garlanded his brows with deathless song,
Offer now gentle tears and earnest prayers!
Offer up virgin sighs and silver hairs
Torn from the childless brow, and, above all,
That dark and bitter gall
Which wrought on men else kind, alas! to do him wrong!
He was a Poet, and was long possessed
By holy fury and a fine disdain,
Such as should touch the breast
Of Phoebus' follower, never known in vain:
He was a Poet whom the mountains owned,
The bleak rocks, and the tempest-lifted wave,
And the mad battle, and the ghastly grave!—
Nothing in man's wide world ever disowned
His sway, but waited on his various skill,
And answered, as he touched the quill,
In deep harmonious measures which might drown despite!
Sometimes he sang of pain,
And sometimes in a blyther vein,
And heroes wrought in song, and patriots rare,
Green earth and heavenly blue,
The tender, and the true,
The fierce, the false, the great, and (most) the fair!
And is he gone? — Yet shall his great example
Survive, as doth a glory, on that land
Where Greeks have met to perish, or else trample
The bloody Crescent down, all hand in hand
Like banded brothers armed for their fame.—
There lives he in the shadow of his name:
And the great Spirit which he woke by song
Shall breath in battle till the Turk be slain,
And frowning Truth appeased, and lightnings strong
Have molten every despot-forged chain!
O Greece! O Freedom! If your cause be crowned,
Much shall ye owe to him who fondly clung
Beside ye, like your child, and sung
Your famous heroes to his latest sound;
And then, upon your laurell'd ground,
Sank, like the eagle in its flight,
And perished in his utmost flight,
Before his toil was o'er, beloved and renowned!
Men of a future age and happier time
Shall turn back to his ashes pale and cold,
And read the wonders of his starry rhyme,
And sigh o'er all he writ and all he said of old:—
And youthful poets to his carved urn
Shalt come and often mourn,—
Shall come as to a far and holy shrine,
And weave Imagination fine,
And airy thoughts, and dreams that will not die,
In many a sweet and gentle Elegy!