Oh, talk not to me of a name great in story;
The days of our youth
are the days of our glory
And the myrtle and ivy of sweet two-and-twenty
Are worth all your laurel
s, though ever so plenty.
What are garlands and crowns to the brow that is wrinkled?
'Tis but as a dead-flower with May-dew besprinkled.
Then, away with all such from the head that is hoary!
What care I for the wreaths that can only give glory!
Oh Fame! - If I e'er took delight in thy praises,
'Twas less for the sake of thy high-sounding phrases,
Than to see the bright eyes of the dear one discover,
She thought that I was not unworthy to love her.
There chiefly I sought thee, there only I found thee;
Her glance was the best of the rays that surround thee;
When it sparkled o'er ought that was bright in my story,
I knew it was love, and I felt it was glory.
- Lord Byron, 1821.