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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Stanzas Written on the Road between Florence and Pisa
By Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
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 plenty.
 
What are garlands and crowns to the brow that is wrinkled?        5
’Tis but as a dead flower with May-dew besprinkled.
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 praises,
’Twas less for the sake of thy high-sounding phrases,        10
Than to see the bright eyes of the dear one discover,
She thought that I was not unworthy to love her.
 
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,        15
I knew it was love, and I felt it was glory.
November, 1821.    
 
 
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