ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Clio, "Elegy on the Death of Lord Byron" European Magazine 86 (July 1824) 15-16.
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
1777: Rev. William Dodd
1778: Bp. Beilby Porteus
1783: John Cunningham
1783: James Thomson
1784: Samuel Johnson
1787: Bp. Robert Lowth
1810: Samuel Miller Waring
1824: Lord Byron
'Tis done! thou liest cold and still as marble
And Grecian heroes mourn around thy bier!
His death-note reached our shores, slow borne,
On muffled winds, sad, moaning from afar?
So sank that star of mighty genius,
And quench'd its glory in the clouds of night.
His lofty spirit is dismiss'd at last!
Aye! and it soareth on the wings of wind,
To scenes its magic pen hath oft describ'd!
Did ye not see that spirit disenthrall'd
From earthly ties, that mounted in the air,
With outstretch'd pinions bright and dazzling,
Coursing majestic yon wide fields of ether,
Studded with countless stars and sparkling gems?
Then riding past the planetary spheres
Till far away, he sees with dazzled eyes,
The glistening turrets of that high abode,
Where spirits join, and light is lost in light!
Grand spirit of the lyre! whose final flight,
At last hath carried thee to yonder heav'n,
I hail thee standing on its glittering walls,
In apotheosis of light arrayed!
Oh thou! whose verse loud peal'd from foreign shores
Rang in our ears majestic and sublime,
Now loudly thunder'd like the cannon's roar,
Then wail'd like distant, bugle's plaintive notes—
Now the shrill clarions piercing sound, and then
Melodious warbled soft in beauty's ear!
Are then, thy songs for ever, — ever hush'd?
No more thy fingers o'er thy lyre shall stray,
No! never more! — Its silver strings are snapp'd.
Thy hand lies cold along the silent tomb
Where music strays not, o'er the mould'ring dust!
There Byron's noble corse is stretch'd along,
Stiff as sepulchral marble are his limbs!
There ashes join, and dust is turn'd to dust!
He is not dead! our Byron never dies,
He lives full brightly in his splendid works
While he himself undying soars away
And ravished, lists to melody sublime.
Where, we will say, his full resounding lyre
Shall peal in concert with yon harmony
Which angels strike to welcome us to heaven!
Sons of the brave! bereav'd, illustrious Greeks!
Heard ye his knell, sad peal'd along your shores?
Aye! in the land, whereon your Homer liv'd,
Immortal pair! Our British Byron trode!
Oh! weep his loss! your mighty adjunct weep!
While he o'erlook'd, how quickly beat your hearts!
How sprang to arms, and for the battle gap'd!
In mighty strength uprear'd the faulchion high.
And steep'd it reeking in the Turkish gore!
Then mourn his death ye Greeks! as heroes mourn,
His death, who gave his life, his gold, his all!
Rear the high cenotaph, and marble shrine,
And 'grave in words that burn, his noble name!
Let future Greeks the bright example see,
And sing his praise, who for their fathers fought.
So when the sun has rolled his daily course,
And gently glides to rest on ocean s breast,
Yet o'er the hills he casts a ling'ring ray,
And rivers glisten in his sparkling beams
Soften'd and mellow'd from the blaze of day!
Yea! e'en the cloud's that on the horizon rest,
He gilds with purple lustre; and then he sinks
Slowly from might, yet ceaseth not to shine,
But rolls afar in other hemispheres,
And bright as ever, other worlds illumes!
So sank great Byron's splendid sun, to rest,
In distant lands resplendent from afar!
Far o'er the seas and rocks its lustre lies,
And reaches British shores, and shines most glorious here!
Now fly ye winds! to all your quarters fly;
And bear his name with glorious adjuncts far!
In softest cadence mourn his blighted hopes,
Connubial bliss, a fathers joy, — he had them not!
Exil'd from home, a noble wanderer!
But, when ye come to tell the splendid tale
Of Byron's glory, — rise then all ye winds!
Bathe them in fragrance, from Arabia's shores,
And blow o'er sultry Afric's arid sands,
O'er rocks, and streams, — on whirlwinds wings abroad!
Till Byron's name resounds from shore to shore!