[caption id="attachment_644821" align="alignleft" width="300"]<img class="size-full wp-image-644821" alt="Lord Byron. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/George_Gordon_Byron_6th_Baron_Byron_by_Richard_Westall_2.jpg" width="300" height="446" /> Lord Byron. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><i>In these pages, we have already documented the details about the day when </i><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/lord-byrons-foray-onto-the-cricket-pitch-641324"><i>a young Lord Byron turned up for Harrow against Eton</i></a>. <i>In this article, <b>Arunabha Sengupta </b>writes about a cricket-linked poem produced in a literary war between the two schools, which is often attributed to the poet.</i> <p></p> <p></p>The first <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/eton" target="_blank">Eton</a>-Harrow match, played in 1805, featured a 17-year-old <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Lord-Byron" target="_blank">Lord Byron</a>. He played for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Harrow" target="_blank">Harrow</a>, probably without the captain really being for his selection, and his two outings into the middle did not get him too many runs. After all, he was afflicted with a deformity, which most agree was a club foot. <p></p> <p></p>Yet, his talent with the quill supposedly did its bit to vanquish another cricket related challenge from the traditional rivals. <p></p> <p></p>A day or so after the match, and after Eton s resounding win, the victors sent the following lines to their vanquished opponents: <p></p> <p></p> <em>Adventurous </em>boys<em> of Harrow School,</em> <p></p><em>Of cricket you ve no knowledge,</em> <p></p><em>You play not cricket but the fool,</em> <p></p><em>With </em>men<em> of Eton College.</em> <p></p> <p></p>Not exactly soul touching heights of poetry, but the quatrain was calculated to rub prickly salt into the fresh wound. <p></p> <p></p>And there was a reply framed by Harrow. These lines are often attributed to Byron: <p></p> <p></p> <em>Ye Eton wits, to play the fool</em> <p></p><em>Is not the boast of Harrow school;</em> <p></p><em>No wonder, then, at our defeat </em> <p></p><em>Folly like yours could ne er be beat.</em> <p></p> <p></p>That must have caught the Etonians on the wrong foot, or at least at a loss for words. <p></p> <p></p>That is not all. There was more poetry scripted by the young master which dealt with the game. <p></p> <p></p>He really enjoyed his cricket. When he was 19, Byron s first collection of poems was published, titled <i>Hours of Idleness</i>. The work consisted of short poems, mainly in imitation of classic Roman poetry. <p></p> <p></p>And in it he penned several lines on the game, mainly in couplets. The most famous probably are the following: <p></p> <p></p> <em>Yet, when confinement s lingering hour was done,</em> <p></p><em>Our sports, our studies, and our souls were one:</em> <p></p><em>Together we impell d the flying ball;</em> <p></p><em>Together waited in our tutor s hall;</em> <p></p><em>Together join d in cricket s manly toil,</em> <p></p><em>Or shared the produce of the river s spoil.</em> <p></p> <p></p>In 1814, at the age of 26, Byron published a rhymed, tragic narrative poem. It was named <i>Lara, a Tale.</i> <p></p> <p></p>However, that was about 180 years too early to be an epic ode to the great batsman.