Lord Byron's Poems

Early Poems: Fragment Written Shortly After the Marriage of Miss Chaworth

1 First published in Moore's 'Letters and Journals of Lord Byron', 1830, i. 56


Hills of Annesley, Bleak and Barren,

Where my thoughtless Childhood stray'd,

How the northern Tempests, warring,

Howl above thy tufted Shade!


Now no more, the Hours beguiling,

Former favourite Haunts I see;

Now no more my Mary smiling,

Makes ye seem a Heaven to Me.


Footnote 1: Miss Chaworth was married to John Musters, Esq., in August, 1805. The stanzas were first published in Moore's 'Letters and Journals of Lord Byron', 1830, i. 56. (See, too, 'The Dream', st. ii. 1. 9.) The original MS. (which is in the possession of Mrs. Chaworth Musters) formerly belonged to Miss E. B. Pigot, according to whom they "were written by Lord Byron in 1804." "We were reading Burns' 'Farewell to Ayrshire' -

Scenes of woe and Scenes of pleasure

Scenes that former thoughts renew

Scenes of woe and scenes of pleasure

Now a sad and last adieu, etc.

when he said, 'I like that metre; let me try it,' and taking up a pencil, wrote those on the other side in an instant. I read them to Moore, and at his particular request I copied them for him."-E. B. Pigot, 1859.

On the fly-leaf of the same volume ('Poetry of Robert Burns', vol. iv. Third Edition, 1802), containing the 'Farewell to Ayrshire', Byron wrote in pencil the two stanzas "Oh! little lock of golden hue," in 1806 ('vide post', p. 233).

It may be noted that the verses quoted, though included until recently among his poems, were not written by Burns, but by Richard Gall, who died in 1801, aged 25.