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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
April 19
Byron
By Craven Langstroth Betts (1853–1941)
 
(Died April 19, 1824)

O FAME, thy laurels graced a blighted pall!
’Twas Death’s and Fortune’s pact with envious Time.
The vine-wreathed Titan, clothed with power sublime,
Almost accomplished Heaven; defying all,
He braved the levin and the thunder-brawl        5
Scaling the cliffs of Song; his rebel prime
Pelion on Ossa planted; then with rhyme
Transcendent on his lips reeled down the wall.
 
He fell, hard-fighting; dire the clash and clang
Earth heard through all her limits—then sleek jays        10
Piped chattering funeral, and the charnel kites
Fed on the warm, proud heart; but wide outrang,
Sweet Poesy, thy plaint along the ways,
Nor, Time, shalt thou withhold him tribute rites!
 
 
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