1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Thomas Enort Smith, "Sonnet to the Shade of Lord Byron" The Monthly Magazine 60 (August 1825) 44.



The heavens were in their glory — every star
Beam'd in its golden influence — the sky
Shone like a vault of gems — when, from afar,
One richer in all radiance woo'd my eye;
Deep in its bed of blue it glitter'd on,
Like woman deck'd in beauty's royalty!
Or, if in minds we seek comparison,
Who should it call to thought, great Bard! but thee—
Byron! first star of that bright galaxy,
That sheds its light o'er every realm and clime,
And thro' the eternal void spreads gloriously
The lustre kindled in its nook of time!
For thou a world didst make of gardens bright,
Where flowers of every hue breathe lovely on the sight.
Blue-Anchor Road.