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George Gordon Byron

George Gordon Byron

GEORGE GORDON LORD BYRON: "Teems Not Each Ditty..."

"Teems Not Each Ditty..."

(From "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage," Canto One, XXXVI)
Teems not each ditty with the glories tale?
Ah, such, alas! the hero’s amplest fate!
When granite moulders and when records fail,
A peasant’s plaint prolongs his dubious date.
Pride! Bend thine eye from Heaven to thine estate,
See how the Mighty shrink into a song!
Can Volume, Pillar, Pile preserve thee great?
Or must thou trust Tradition’s simple tongue,
When Flattery sleeps with thee, and History does thee wrong?




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