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Slowly and sadly we laid him down,
gory ; We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone,
But we left him alone with his glory.
The feeling with which he recited these admirable stanzas, I shall never forget. After he had come to an end, he repeated the third, and said it was perfect, particularly the lines
But he lay like a warrior taking his rest,
“I should have taken the whole," said Shelley, “ for a rough sketch of Campbell's.”
“No,” replied Lord Byron : “ Campbell “ would have claimed it, if it had been I afterwards had reason to think that the ode was Lord Byron's; that he was piqued at none of his own being mentioned; and, after he had praised the verses so highly, could not own them *. No other reason can be assigned for his not acknowledging himself the author, particularly as he was a great admirer of General Moore.
Talking after dinner, of swimming, he said:
Murray published a letter I wrote to “ him from Venice, which might have seemed
* This conjecture seems to be erroneous. It appears that the Ode is the production of the late Rev. C. Wolfe.Ed.
an idle display of vanity; but the object “ of my writing it was, to contradict what “ Turner had asserted about the impossi
bility of crossing the Hellespont from the
Abydos to the Sestos side, in consequence “ of the tide.
“ One is as easy as the other; we did “ both.” Here he turned round to Fletcher, to whom he occasionally referred, and said,
Fletcher, how far was it Mr. Ekenhead “and I swam?” Fletcher replied, “Three miles and a half, my Lord.” (Of course he did not diminish the distance.) - The “ real width of the Hellespont," resumed “ Lord Byron, “ is not much above a “mile; but the current is prodigiously
strong, and we were carried down not“ withstanding all our efforts. I don't “ know how Leander contrived to stem the
stream, and steer straight across; but
nothing is impossible in love or religion. “ If I had had a Hero on the other side,
perhaps I should have worked harder. “ We were to have undertaken this feat
some time before, but put it off in consequence
of the coldness of the water; and “ it was chilly enough when we performed “ it. I know I should have made a bad “ Leander, for it gave me an ague that I did “ not so easily get rid of. There were some " sailors in the fleet who swam further than “ I did I do not say than I could have
done, for it is the only exercise I pride myself upon, being almost amphibious.
“I remember being at Brighton, many years ago, and having great difficulty in
making the land,—the wind blowing off “ the shore, and the tide setting out.
“ Crowds of people were collected on the 66 beach to see us.
(I think he " said Hobhouse) was with me; and,” he added, “I had great difficulty in saving “ him-he nearly drowned me.
When I was at Venice, there was an “ Italian who knew no more of swimming “ than a camel, but he had heard of my prowess in the Dardanelles, and challenged
Not wishing that any foreigner at least should beat me at my own arms, I consented to
in the contest. Alex“ ander Scott proposed to be of the party, 6s and we started from Lido. Our land“ lubber was very soon in the rear,
and “ Scott saw him make for a gondola. He “ rested himself first against one, and then
against another, and gave in before we got half way to St. Mark's Place. We