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Lord Byron (1788–1824). Poetry of Byron. 1881.

I. Personal, Lyric, and Elegiac

Lines to a Lady Weeping

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!