1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Byron

B. B., "Sonnet to the Right Hon. Lord Byron, on his being elected a Member of the Hampden Club" Morning Chronicle (16 June 1812).



Byron! with joy I view thy noble Name
Inscrib'd in Freedom's Temple; see thee bend
Before her altar, while thy prayers ascend
For England's glory! May the sacred flame
Of Patriot Virtue, which no power can tame,
Thy path illumine; guide thee to defend
The freeman's birth-right, and avert the end
Of British greatness, liberty, and fame.
Oh! while thy lyre, in this degenerate age,
Awakes each finer feeling of the heart;
Let Albion's weal thy pious care engage,
And join the Statesman's to the Poet's art:
Then, though thy Muse may mourn for GREECE enslav'd,
BRITAIN, by Sons like thee, shall yet be sav'd.
B. B.
June 13.

* Vide Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto 2. — Stanzas LXIII. &c.