The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 7/On this Day I complete my Thirty-sixth Year
ON THIS DAY I COMPLETE MY THIRTY-SIXTH YEAR.
'T is time this heart should be unmoved,
My days are in the yellow leaf;
The fire that on my bosom preys
The hope, the fear, the jealous care,
Awake! (not Greece—she is awake!)
Tread those reviving passions down,
If thou regret'st thy youth, why live?
Seek out—less often sought than found—
Missolonghi, Jan. 22, 1824.
- ["This morning Lord Byron came from his bedroom into the apartment where Colonel Stanhope and some friends were assembled, and said with a smile—'You were complaining, the other day, that I never write any poetry now:—this is my birthday, and I have just finished something, which, I think, is better than what I usually write.' He then produced these noble and affecting verses, which were afterwards found written in his journals, with only the following introduction: 'Jan. 22; on this day I complete my 36th year.'"—A Narrative of Lord Byron's Last Journey to Greece, 1825, p. 125, by Count Gamba. In the Morning Chronicle, October 29, 1824, the lines are headed, "Lord Byron's Latest Verses," and are prefaced by the following note: " We have been indebted to a friend for the following immortal verses, the last he ever composed. Four of the lines have already appeared in an article in the Westminster Review" ("Lord Byron in Greece," July, 1824, vol. ii. p. 227).]
- Is like to ——.—[M.C.]
- —— it is not here.—[M.C.]
- —— seals the hero's bier.—[M. C.]
- The steed—the Banner—and the Field.—[MS. B.M.]
- [The slain were borne on their shields. Witness the Spartan mother's speech to her son, delivered with his buckler: "either with this or on this" (B.M. Addit. MS. 31, 038).]
- My life-blood tastes ——.—[M.C.]
- I tread reviving ——.—[M. C.]