George Gordon Byron ( )

On Revisiting Harrow

Here once engaged the strangers view
  Young Friendships record simply tracd;
Few were her words,but yet, though few,
  Resentments hand the line defacd.

Deeply she cutbut not erasd
  The characters were still so plain,
That Friendship once returnd, and gazd,
  Till Memory haild the words again.

Repentance placd them as before;
  Forgiveness joind her gentle name;
So fair the inscription seemd once more,
  That Friendship thought it still the same.

Thus might the Record now have been;
  But, ah, in spite of Hopes endeavour,
Or Friendships tears, Pride rushd between,
  And blotted out the line for ever.

September, 1807

George Gordon Byron's other poems:
  1. On the Eyes of Miss A H
  2. To a Lady who Presented to the Author a Lock of Hair Braided with his own, and appointed a Night in December to meet him in the Garden
  3. To a Lady (This Band, which bound thy yellow hair)
  4. To Anne (Oh say not, sweet Anne, that the Fates have decreed)
  5. Queries to Casuists

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