1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

H., "Acrostic" La Belle Assemblee NS 22 (December 1820) 276.



L ove smiles when he sees a Peer in his train,
O ne breathing his powers in eloquent strain,
R ich gifts the kind Muses pour over their son,
D eclaring the guerdon of poesy won.

B ritain's daughters alone refuse him their praise,
Y e fair ones, I guess why, when reading his lays,
R ememb'ring 'twas he who blighted the days
O f her whom he swore to honour and love,
N or regarded a vow that was written above.