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For the rights of a monarch their country defending,[1]
Till death their attachment to royalty seal'd.[2]


Shades of heroes, farewell! your descendant departing
From the seat of his ancestors, bids you adieu![3]
Abroad, or at home, your remembrance imparting
New courage, he'll think upon glory and you.


Though a tear dim his eye at this sad separation,[4]
'Tis nature, not fear, that excites his regret;[5]
Far distant he goes, with the same emulation,
The fame of his Fathers he ne'er can forget.[6]

  1. For Charles the Martyr their country defending.—[4to. P. on V. Occasions.]
  2. [Sir Nicholas Byron, the great-grandson of Sir John Byron the Little, distinguished himself in the Civil Wars. He is described by Clarendon (Hist. of the Rebellion, 1807, i. 216) as "a person of great affability and dexterity, as well as martial knowledge." He was Governor of Carlisle, and afterwards Governor of Chester. His nephew and heir-at-law, Sir John Byron, of Clayton, K.B. (1599-1652), was raised to the peerage as Baron Byron of Rochdale, after the Battle of Newbury, October 26, 1643. He held successively the posts of Lieutenant of the Tower, Governor of Chester, and, after the expulsion of the Royal Family from England, Governor to the Duke of York. He died childless, and was succeeded by his brother Richard, the second lord, from whom the poet was descended. Five younger brothers, as Richard's monument in the chancel of Hucknall Torkard Church records, "faithfully served King Charles the First in
  3. Bids ye adieu!—[4to]
  4. Though a tear dims.—[4to]
  5. 'Tis nature, not fear, which commands his regret.—[4to]
  6. In the grave he alone can his fathers forget.—[4to]