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ON THE STATUE OF LORD BYRON (2), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: And near thee hands a page, in boyhodd penn'd
Last Line: Shares our fond gaze between itself and thee.
Subject(s): Byron, George Gordon, Lord (1788-1824); Poetry & Poets; Statues; Thorvaldsen, Bertel (1770-1844); Byron, George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron; Thorwaldsen, Bertel


And near thee hangs a page, in boyhood penn'd,
When all thy thoughts were, like thy marble, pure;
When thou hadst none but little faults to mend,
In Lochnagar's cool shadow still secure
From praise or slander; but thy brilliant youth
And manhood soon took tribute of thy kind;
Great artists then thy lineaments designed,
And, last, the Dane's fine chisel struck the truth;
And, when the current of the breath of fame
Drew up all relics of the master's craft,
This little page, - we know not whence it came, -
Ran flitting forward in the mighty draught,
And, placed at last, where it was fain to be,
Shares our fond gaze between itself and thee.

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