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Too long the assembly (he was pleased
to dread), And take up rather more time than a
day, To name his works—he would but cite a
few“Wat Tyler ”—“ Rhymes on Blen
heim "_" Waterloo." He had written praises of a regicide; He had written praises of all kings
whatever ; He had written for republics far and
wide, And then against them bitterer than
ever ; For pantisocracy he once had cried Aloud, a scheme less moral than 'twas
clever ; Then grew a hearty anti-JacobinHad turn'd his coat-and would have
turn'd his skin.
Which seemd to hold all verse in detes
tation : The angels had of course enough of song
When upon service; and the generation Of ghosts had heard too much
in life, not long Before, to profit by a new occasion : The monarch, mute till then, exclaim'd,
“What! what ! Pye come again? No more no more of
that!" The tumult grew; an universal cough Convulsed the skies, as during a de
bate, When Castlereagh has been up long
enough (Before he was first minister of state, I mean—the slaves hear now); some cried
* Off, off!” As at a farce ; till, grown quite des
perate, The bard Saint Peter pray'd to interpose Himself an author) only for his prose. The varlet was not an ill-favor'd knave :
A good deal like a vulture in the face, With a hook nose and a hawk's eye,
which gave A smart and sharper-looking sort of
grace To his whole aspect, which, though
rather grave, Was by no means so ugly as his case ; Bat that, indeed, was hopeless as can be, Quite a poetic felony “ de se." Then Michael blew his trump, and stillid
the noise With one still greater. as is yet the mode On earth besides ; except some grum
bling voice, Which now and then will make a slight
inroad Cpon decorous silence, few will twice Lift up their lungs when fairly over
crow'd ; And now the bard could plead his own
bad cause, With all the attitudes of self-applause. He said-(I only give the heads)-he
said, He meant no harm in scribbling ; 'twas
his way Upon all topics; 'twas, besides, his
bread, of which he butter'd both sides ;
Saint Peter, who has hitherto been
known For an impetuous saint, unpraised his
keys, And at the fifth line knock'd the poet
1 From letters addressed to Mr. Murray, or to Thomas Moore.
Oh, talk not to me of a name great in
story; The days of our youth are the days of
our glory; And the myrtle and ivy of sweet two
and-twenty. Are worth all your laurels, though ever
So we'll go no more a roving
So late into the night,
And the moon be still as bright.
And the soul wears out the breast, And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest. Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon, Yet we'll go no more a roving By the light of the moon.
February 28, 1817. 1830. The world is a bundle of hay,
Mankind are the asses who pull ; Each tugs it a different way, And the greatest of all is John Bull.
November 5, 1820. 1830.
What are garlands and crowns to the
brow that is wrinkled ? 'Tis but as a dead flower with May-dew
be-sprinkled. Then away with all such from the head
that is hoary? What care I for the wreaths that can
only give glory! Oh, FAME!--if I e'er took delight in thy
1 See the note on page 254.
'Twas less for the sake of thy high-sound
ing phrases, Than to see the bright eyes of the dear
one discover, She thought that I was not unworthy to
There chiefly I sought thee, there only I
found thee; Her glance was the best of the rays that
surround thee ; When it sparkled o'er aught that was
bright in my story, I knew it was love, and I felt it was glory.
November, 1821. 1830.
ON THIS DAY I COMPLETE MY
The hope, the fear, the jealous care,
The exalted portion of the pain And power of love, I cannot share,
But wear the chain. But 'tis not thus--and 't is not hereSuch thoughts should shake my soul,
Or binds his brow.
Glory and Greece, around me see !
Was not more free. Awake! (not Greece—she is awake!) Awake, my spirit! Think through
whom Thy life-blood tracks its parent lake,
And then strike home! Tread those reviving passions down,
Unworthy manhood !-unto thee Indifferent should the smile or frown
Of beauty be,
The land of honorable death
Away thy breath!
A soldier's grave, for thee the best; Then look around, and choose thy ground,
And take thy rest. At Missolonghi, January 22. 1824. October 29, 1824.
'Tis time this heart should be unmoved,
Since others it hath ceased to move : Yet, though I cannot be beloved,
Still let me love!
My days are in the yellow leaf;
Are mine alone!
Is lone as some volcanic isle;
A funeral pile.
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* TRELAWNEY (E. J.), Recollections of Shelley and Byron. HUNT (Leigh), Byron and some of his Contemporaries. Ilunt (Leigh), Autobiography. MEDWIN (Thomas), Shelley Papers. MITFORD (Mary Russell), Recollections of a Literary Life. DE QUINCEY (T.), Essays on Poets. * PEACOCK (Thomas Love), Memoirs of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
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