1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Anonymous, "Lines to Lord Byron, on a blank Page of his Works" Journal of Belles Lettres [Lexington KY] 1 (20 November 1819) 15.



Byron! my blood is thine, — its warmest tide
Rises when thou directest — proudly flows
With the deep current of thy godlike pride,
And with thy wild disdain contemptuous grows;
Wept when thy soft Italian plaint arose,—
But when thy deeptoned song of freedom swells,
And off thy spirit all subjection throws,
And its own shame to abject Europe tells,
Oh how elate with thee my soul entranced dwells!