1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

M., "Sonnet on Lord Byron's Poem of the Bride of Abydos" Ladies' Monthly Museum NS 16 (May 1814) 294.



Long shall the Bride of Abydos remain,
No feeble effort of th' exalted muse;
Long shall it please, for he who wrought the strain,
The choicest flowers of poetry could chuse.
Whether revenge, pourtray'd in accents strong,
Or brav'ry, shine in colours clear and bright,
Or love sincere swell the heart-thrilling song,
Each charms by turns, each furnishes delight.
Zuleika's constancy, and Selim's soul,
That dar'd her father's ruffian slaves engage,
Presents a picture glowing through the whole,
The best production of the present age.
But genius nothing hides, wherever plac'd,
Or in the humblest path, or with preferment grac'd.