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George Gordon aka Lord Byron
George Gordon/Lord Byron

Theme:  Tributes and Toasts

A bark (or “barque”) is a small sailing ship (first stanza).  In other words, Lord Byron is about to get on his boat (row boat?), which is on the shore, and go to his sailing ship to depart.

Sir Thomas Moore (translator of Odes of Anacreon and several wine poems to be found at this site) was a great friend of Lord Byron.  Perhaps Moore is most notoriously known among the literati for burning his buddy's memoirs when Lord Byron died, to protect his friend's reputation.  George Gordon Noel Byron Gordon, Baron of Byron - Lord Byron - led a life full of intrigue, including extravagant living (and money problems), numerous love affairs, and political activism (including leading armies).  He was famously described by Lady Caroline Lamb as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know."

- S. H. Bass  

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Fill The Goblet Again
Lines Inscribed Upon A Cup Formed from A
     Skull  A/V

from the epic poem Don Juan
Few things surpass old wine

Juan would question further
Man, being reasonable, must get drunk
'Tis melancholy and a fearful sign

from  A Translation of Anacreon
Mingle with the genial bowl

Stop Button Clutter!
My Boat Is on the Shore
Lord Byron (1788-1824), British poet

My boat is on the shore,
And my bark is on the sea:
But, before I go, Tom Moore,
Here's a double health to thee!

Here's a sigh to those that love me,
And a smile to those who hate;
And, whatever sky's above me,
Here's a heart for every fate.

Though the ocean roar around me,
Yet it shall yet bear me on;
Though a desert should surround me,
It hath springs that may be won.

Were't the last drop in the well,
As I gasped upon the brink.
Ere my fainting spirit fell,
'Tis to thee that I would drink.

With that water as this wine,
The libation I would pour
Should be : – "Peace with thine and mine,
And a health to thee, Tom Moore!"

from The Le Gallienne Book of English Verse (1922)

Free E-Books by Lord Byron at Project Gutenberg     Free E- Books by George Gordon/Lord Byron
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Lord Byron at the Poetry Foundation 

Lord Byron at Amazon
            Lord Byron: The Major Works        Byron's Poetry and Prose
                 Oxford World's Classics               Norton Critical Edition


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