1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Algorotti, "To Lord and Lady B—" The Champion (6 October 1816) 318.



When wayward chance dissolves the tie,
That binds two ardent souls in one,
Where can the sad complainers fly,
The arrows of Despair to shun?

Oh, can the musing hours of Grief,
A pause from keen remembrance know?
Or rooted Sorrow find relief,
In empty forms of outward shew?

Can Fortune's smile lost peace recall?
Or can the sprightly song, or dance,
Where Pleasure's festive train, in all
The mazy rounds of joy advance?

Ah no; this world no cure bestows:
In vain is every human art:
From fond re-union, only, flows,
A balm to heal the wounded heart.