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But thou deserv'st a better heart,
Than they or I can give for thine.
Is Fortune painted truly-blind !
Has proved too bounteous to be kind.
Would woo thee to a loveless bed:
A decorated victim led.
Whate'er my secret thoughts may be;
I dare not talk of Love to thee.
STANZAS FOR MUSIC.
I SPEAK not, I trace not, I breathe not thy name,. There is grief in the sound, there is guilt in the fame :
i. I speak not—1 breathe not-I write not that name.
[MS. erased.] 1. (“Thou hast asked me for a song, and I enclose you an experi. ment, which has cost me something more than trouble, and is, therefore, less likely to be worth your taking any in your proposed setting. Now, if it be so, throw it into the fire without phrase.". Letter to Moore, May 4, 1814, Letters, 1899, iii. 80.]
But the tear which now burns on my cheek may impart The deep thoughts that dwell in that silence of heart.
Too brief for our passion, too long for our peace,
cease? We repent, we abjure, we will break from our chain,We will part, we will fly to--unite it again!
4. And stern to the haughty, but humble to thee, This soul, in its bitterest blackness, shall be: And our days seem as swift, and our moments more
sweet, With thee by my side, than with worlds at our feet.
i. Ile have loved--and oh, still, my adored one we love!
[MS. erased.] ii. The thought may be madness--the wish may be guilt.
(MS. erased.] | But I cannot ripent what we nie'er can recall.
And our days run as swift--and our moments more sweet,
One sigh of thy sorrow, one look of thy love, l.
May 4, 1814. [First published, Letters and Journals, 1830, i. 554.]
ADDRESS INTENDED TO BE RECITED AT
THE CALEDONIAN MEETING."
Who hath not glowed above the page where Fame
i. And thine is that love which I will not forego,
[M/S. erased.] ii. One tear of thy sorrow, one smile -:-[MS. erased.] 1. [The “Caledonian Meeting," at which these lines were, or were intended to be, recited (see Life, p. 254), was a meeting of subscribers to the Highland Society, held annually in London, in support of the [Royal] Caledonian Asylum " for educating and supporting children of soldiers, sailors, and marines, natives of Scot. land."" To soothe,” says the compiler of the Report for 1814, p. 4, “by the assurance that their offspring will be reared in virtue and confort, the minds of those brave men, through whose exposure to hardship and danger the independence of the Empire has been pre. served, is no less an act of sound policy than of gratitude."
The blood which flowed with Wallace flows as free,
The humbler ranks, the lowly brave, who bled
'Tis Heaven-not man-must charm away the woe, Which bursts when Nature's feelings newly flow;
1. (As an instance of Scottish gallantry in the Peninsular War it is sufficient to cite the following list of “casualties” at the battle of Vittoria, June 21, 1813 :“The battalion (the seventy-first Highland Light Infantry) suffered very severely, having had 1 field officer, I captain, 2 lieutenants, 6 sergeants, i bugler, and 78 rank and file killed; i field officer, 3 captains, 7 lieutenants, 13 sergeants, 2 buglers, and 255 rank and file were wounded."--Historical Record of the 71st Highland Light Infantry, by Lieut. Henry J. T. Hild. yard, 1876, p. 91.)
2. (Compare Temora, bk. vii., “The king took his deathful spear, and struck the deeply-sounding shield. : .. Ghosts Aed on every side, and rolled their gathered forms on the wind.-Thrice from the winding vale arose the voices of death."-Works of Ossian, 1765, ii. 160.)
STANZAS ON THE DEATH OF SIR PETER PARKER.
Yet Tenderness and Time may rob the tear
May, 1814. [First published, Letters and Journals, 1830, i. 559.)
ELEGIAC STANZAS ON THE DEATH OF SIR
PETER PARKER, BART.”
A mourner o'er the humblest grave;
And Triumph weeps above the brave.
1. [The last six lines are printed from the MS.) 2. (Sir P. Parker fell in August, 1814, in his twenty-ninth year, whilst leading a party from his ship, the Menelaus, at the storming of the American camp near Baltimore. He was Byron's first cousin (his father, Christopher Parker (1761-1804), married Charlotte Augusta, daughter of Admiral the Hon. John Byron); but they had never met since boyhood. (See letter to Moore, Letters, 1899, iii. 150; see too Letters, i. 6, note 1.). The stanzas were included in Hebrew Melodies, 1815, and in the Ninth Edition of Childe Harold, 1818.] 3. Compare Tasso's sonnet
“Questa Tomba non è, che non è morto," etc.
Torquato Tasso, Venice, 1736, vi. 169.] VOL. III,