1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

Charles Sprague, "The Memory of Byron. A Toast Given at a Fourth of July Public Dinner" Sprague, Poetical and Prose Writings (1876) 144 &n.



O'er the heart of CHILDE HAROLD Greek maidens shall weep;
In his own native island his body shall sleep
With the bones of the bravest and best:
But his Song shall go down to the latest of time;
Fame tell how he rose for the earth's loveliest clime,
And Mercy shall blot out the rest.

Among Mr. Sprague's papers was found the following memorandum: "This was written impromptu on hearing that the heart of Lord Byron was to be inurned in Greece, and his body sent home for burial in Westminster Abbey."