1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

J. C. Blaby, "Lines written on perusing Lord Byron's Poem, entitled Childe Harold" Gentleman's Magazine 83 (February 1813) 159.



Titles exalt, but cannot give renown,
From rank alone no man can truly shine;
The ray of genius springs from mind alone,
And only that defies the hand of Time.
Was every man equal in this state of things,
And ev'ry mortal emulous of Fame;
Byron's bold thoughts, borne on Apollo's wings,
Would from their beauties gild their master's name.
Accept then, Byron, from an humble pen,
Another laurel round thy form to wave:
Titles and wealth may be forgot by men,
The works of genius live beyond the grave.
Jan. 12.