The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 1/I would I were a Careless Child
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I would I were a Careless Child
|Lines Written beneath an Elm in the Churchyard of Harrow→|
I WOULD I WERE A CARELESS CHILD.
I would I were a careless child,
Fortune! take back these cultur'd lands,
Few are my years, and yet I feel
I lov'd—but those I lov'd are gone;
How dull! to hear the voice of those
And Woman, lovely Woman! thou,
Fain would I fly the haunts of men—
- Stanzas.—[Poems O. and T.]
- Sassenach, or Saxon, a Gaelic word, signifying either Lowland or English.
- [Shyness was a family characteristic of the Byrons. The poet continued in later years to have a horror of being observed by unaccustomed eyes, and in the country would, if possible, avoid meeting strangers on the road.]
- "And I said, O that I had wings like a dove, for then would I fly away, and be at rest."—Psalm lv. 6. This verse also constitutes a part of the most beautiful anthem in our language.