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Lord Byron, George Gordon

1788–1824. English poet.

At a Glance

Rilla of Ingleside (4)


Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (3)
Epistle to Augusta (1)

Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: A Romaunt (1812–1818 poem)

How that red rain hath made the harvest grow! (Canto 3, stanza 17, line 7)

Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 23 (“‘red rain’ of Langemarck and Verdun”).

   There was a sound of revelry by night,
   And Belgium’s capital had gather’d then
   Her Beauty and her Chivalry, and bright
   The lamps shone o’er fair women and brave men;
   A thousand hearts beat happily; and when
   Music arose with its voluptuous swell,
   Soft eyes look’d love to eyes which spake again,
   And all went merry as a marriage bell;
But hush! hark! a deep sound strikes like a rising knell! (Canto 3, stanza 21)

Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 4 (“there was a sound of revelry by night”; “Hush! Hark! a deep sound strikes like a rising knell”).

I loved her from my boyhood; she to me
Was as a fairy city of the heart,
Rising like water-columns from the sea,
Of joy the sojourn, and of wealth the mart; (Canto 4, stanza 18, lines 1–4)

Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 27 (‘a fairy city of the heart’).

Epistle to Augusta (1830 poem)

But all is over—I am one the more
To baffled millions which have gone before. (Stanza 13, lines 7–8)

Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 28 (“‘but one more / To baffled millions who have gone before’”).


Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: A Romaunt: The Poetical Works of Lord Byron: A New Edition, Vol. 1 (London: John Murray, 1855). Online at

“Epistle to Augusta”: The Poetical Works of Lord Byron, Complete (London: John Murray, 1857), pp. 73–74. Online at

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