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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
471. All for Love
 
George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
 
O 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.
 

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