February 8 1814: Morning Post Attacks Byron


Start the day with a bit of Byron:

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On February 8 1814, the Morning Post attacks Lord Byron for his poem the Lines To A Lady Weeping which had been included in The Corsair. The poem had been written in 1812 and published anonymously that year. Byron was now acknowledging that he was the  author.  It read:

Weep, daughter of a royal line,
A Sire’s disgrace, a realm’s decay;
Ah! happy if each tear of thine
Could wash a father’s fault away!

Weep–for thy tears are Virtue’s tears­
Auspicious to these suffering isles;
And be each drop in future years
Repaid thee by thy people’s smiles!

Byron’s poem was a harsh Whig attack on the Prince Regent. The Morning Post responds on February 8 with its own harsh attack on Byron, including its own poem Weep, Daughter of a Royal Line.

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