James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

December 18

To Samuel Rogers, Esq.

By Lord Byron (1788–1824)

(Died December 18, 1855)

ABSENT or present, still to thee,

My friend, what magic spells belong!

As all can tell, who share, like me,

In turn thy converse, and thy song.

But when the dreaded hour shall come,

By Friendship ever deem’d too nigh,

And “Memory” o’er her Druid’s tomb

Shall weep that aught of thee can die,

How fondly will she then repay

Thy homage offer’d at her shrine,

And blend, while ages roll away,

Her name immortally with thine!