The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 1/Answer to a Beautiful Poem
ANSWER TO A BEAUTIFUL POEM, WRITTEN BY MONTGOMERY, AUTHOR OF "THE WANDERER OF SWITZERLAND," ETC., ENTITLED "THE COMMON LOT."
Montgomery! true, the common lot
"Unknown the region of his birth,"
His joy or grief, his weal or woe,
The Patriot's and the Poet's frame
The lustre of a Beauty's eye
Once more, the speaking eye revives,
The rolling seasons pass away,
All, all must sleep in grim repose,
The mouldering marble lasts its day,
What, though the sculpture be destroy'd,
Then do not say the common lot
- [Montgomery (James), 1771-1854, poet and hymn-writer, published Prison Amusements (1797), The Ocean; a Poem (1805), The Wanderer of Switzerland, and other Poems (1806), The West Indies, and other Poems (1810), Songs of Sion (1822), The Christian Psalmist (1825), The Pelican Island, and other Poems (1827), etc. (vide post, English Bards, etc., line 425, and note).]
- No particular hero is here alluded to. The exploits of Bayard, Nemours, Edward the Black Prince, and, in more modern times, the fame of Marlborough, Frederick the Great, Count Saxe, Charles of Sweden, etc., are familiar to every historical reader, but the exact places of their birth are known to a very small proportion of their admirers.