1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

P. G. Patmore, "To the Author of Childe Harold" 1818; London Magazine 1 (April 1820) 415.



Lord of the lofty brow, th' imperial eye,
The proud patrician lip, that feeds on scorn;—
Lord of the phantom thoughts, that, night and morn,
Haunt my new-waken'd being; yet deny
To its deep adjurations all reply;
Lord of the fatal flame, — self-fed — self-born—
Burning the temple that it should adorn,
Yet shut as in a sepulchre for aye;—
Lord of th' unfathom'd heart, — I watch the motion
Of thy deep spirit with a patient hope
That will not be subdu'd. — Like the great Ocean
Which it so loves, it has the power to cope
With the disturbing storms of this low world,
And conquer all, — be but its banner once unfurl'd.
London, 1818.