1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Hewson Clarke, "Lord B—n to his Bear" Satirist or Monthly Meteor 2 (May 1808) 368.



Sad Bruin, no longer in woods thou art dancing,
With all the enjoyments that Love can afford;
No longer thy consorts around thee are prancing,
Far other thy fate — thou art slave to a Lord!

How oft when fatigued, on my sopha reposing,
Thy tricks and thy pranks rob of anguish my breast;
Have power to arouse me, to keep me from dosing,
Or what's the same thing, they can lull me to rest.

But when with the ardours of Love I am burning,
I feel for thy torments, I feel for thy care;
And weep for thy bondage, so truly discerning,
What's felt by a LORD may be felt by a BEAR!