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TO MR. MOORE.

scrupuk us conscience should have prevented you from fully -by-the-by, remember, she was not my mamma )--and availing yourself of his spoils. By this coach I send you a they thrust me into an old room, with a nauseous picture copy of that awful pamphlet, 'the Giaour,' which has never over the chimney, which I should suppose my papa regarded proc red me half so high a compliment as your modest alarm. with due respect, and which, inheriting the family taste, I You will (if inclined in an evening) perceive that I have Imked upon with great satisfaction. I stayed a week with aided much in quantity;-a circumstance which may truly the family, and behaved very well—though the lady of the diminish your modesty upon the subject.

house is young and religious, and pretty, and the master is *You stand certainly in great need of a 'lifi' with Mack- iny particular friend. I felt no wish for any thing but a mish. My dear Moore, you strangely underrate yourself. poodle dog, which they kindly gave me. Now, for a man should conceive ii an affectation in any other; but I think of my courses

, not even to have coveted is a sign of great I know you well enough to believe that you don't know your amendment. Pray pardon all this nonsense, and don't own value. However, 'i is a fault that generally mends; 'snub me when I'm in spirits.' and, in your case, it really ought. I have heard hun speak of you as highly as your wife could wish; and enough to give all your friends the jaundice.

"Here's an imprompiu for you by a 'person of quality, “Yesterday I had a letter from Ali Pacha! brought by written last week, on being reproached for low spirits. Doctor Holland, who is just returned from Albania. It is "Wher from a heart where sorrow sils,* &c. in Latin, and begins · Excellentissime, nec non Carissime, and ends about a gun he wants made for him ;-it is signed * Ab Vizir.' What do you think he has been about? H.

LETTER CLXXVI. tells me that, last spring, he took a hostile town, where, forty-two years ago, his mother and sisters were treated as

" Oct. 2, 1813. Miss Cunigunde was by the Bulgarian cavalry. He takes the town, selects all the survivors of this exploit-children, therefore, is my penultimate. I will write to you once more,

“You have not answered some six letters of mine. This grandchildren, &c. to the tune of six hundred, and has them but after that I swear by all the saints,I am silent and shot before his face. Recollect, he spared the rest of the aty, and confined himself to the Tarquin pedigree-which supercilious. I have met Curran at Holland-houset-ho

beats every body ;-his imagination is beyond human, and is more than I would. So much for dearest friend.""

his humour (it is difficult to define what is wit) perfect.

Then he has fifty faces, and twice as many voices, when he LETTER CLXXIV.

mimics ;-I never met his equal. Now, were I a woman

and eke a virgin, that is the man I should make my ScaTO MR. MOORE, "Sept. 9, 1813.

mander. He is quite fascinating. Remember, I have met I write to you from Murray's, and I may say, from

him but once; and you, who have known him long, may Murray, who, if you are not predisposed in favour of any him again, lest the impression should be lowered. He talked

probably deduct from my panegyric. I almost fear to inoce rither publisher, would be happy to treat with you, at a fit

a great deal about you—a theme never tiresome to me, nor ting time, for your work. I can safely recommend him, as fair

, liberal and attentive, and certainly, in point of reputa- any body else that I know. What a variety of expression 1on, he stands among the first of the trade. I am sure he

he conjures into that naturally not very fine countenance of would do you justice. I have written to you so much lately for I can't describe him, and you know him. On Sunday I

his! He absolutely changes it entirely. I have done that you will be glad to see so little now. Ever, &c. &c."

return to * *, where I sliall not be far from you. Perhaps

I shall hear from you in the mean time, Good night. LETTER CLXXV.

“Saturday morn. Your letter has cancelled all my anxieties. I did not suspect you in earnest. Modest again'

Because I don't do a very shabby thing, it seems, I don't

"Sept. 27, 1813. fear your competition. If it were reduced to an alternative THOMAS MOORE,

of preference, I should dread you, as much as Salan does "(Thou wilt never be called 'true Thomas' like he of Michael. But is there not room enough in our respective Ercildoune,) why don't you write to me?-as you won't

, I regions? Go on—it will soon be my turn to forgive. Tomust. I was near you at Aston the other day, and hope I day I dine with Mackintosh and Mrs. Stalemas John Bull soon shall be again. If so, you must and shall meet me, may be pleased to denominate Corinne-whom I saw lası and go to Matlock and elsewhere, and take what, in flash night, at Covent-garden, yawning over the humour of Falstaff. dialect, is poetically termed 'a lark,' with Rogers and me for “The reputation of gloom, if one's friends are not inaccomplices. Yesterday, at Holland-house, I was intro- cluded in the reputants, is of great service; as it saves one duced to Southey—the best-looking bard I have seen for from a legion of impertinents, in the shape of commonplace some time. To have tha: poet's head and shoulders, 1 acquaintance. But thou knowest I can be a right merry would almost have written his Sapphics. He is certainly a and conceited fellow, and rarely 'larmoyant.' Murray shall prepossessing person to look on, and a man of talent, and all reinstate your line forthwith. I believe the blunder in the that, and there is his eulogy.

motto was mine; and yet I have, in general, a memory for ** * read me part of a letter from you. By the foot of yous, and am sure it was rightly printed at first. Pharaoh, I believe there was abuse, for he stopped short, so * I do 'blush' very often, if I may believe Ladies H. and he did, after a fine saying about our correspondence, and M.—but luckily, at present, no one sees me. Adieu." looked-I wish I could revenge myself by attacking you, or by telling you that I have had to defend you—an agreeable

LETTER CLXXVII. way which one's friends have of recommending themselves, by saying– Ay, ay, I gave it Mr. Such-a-one for what he said about your being a plagiary, and a rake, and so on.'

Nov. 30, 1819. But do you know that you are one of the very few whom 1

"Since I last wrote to you, much has occurred, good, bady never have the satisfaction of hearing abused, but the reverse and do you suppose I will forgive that? “I have been in the country and ran away from the • Ree Poems, p. 189.

1 See Memoranduma. p. 266. Doncaster races. It is odd, I was a visiter in the same house włuch came to my sire as a residence with Lady dies, had been quoted by init incorrectly in the first editions of the Puern. Carmarthen (with whom he adulterated before his majority lehe Bride of Abydoo.

He made afterward a similar mistake in the low from Burns prodreil to

TO MR, MOORE.

TO MR. MOORE,

I The motto to the

our, which

taken from

of the Irish Melo. *

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summer.

And indifferent,—not to make me forget you, but to prevent

LETTER CLXXVIII. me from reminding you of one who, nevertheless, has often

TO LEIGH HUNT. thought of you, and to whom your thoughts, in many a measure, have frequently been a consolation. We were

“4, Bennut-street, Dec. 2, 1818

MY DEAR SIR, önce very near neighbours this autumn; and a good and bad neighbourhood it has proved to me. Suffice it to say,

"Few things could be more welcome than you noto that your French quotation was confoundedly to the pur- and on Saturday morning I will avail myself of

your per pose,—though very unexpectedly pertinent, as you may ima- mission to thank you for it in person. My time has not gine by what I scid before, and my silence since. *

* been passed, since we met, either profitably or agreeably However, Richard's himself again'and, except all night and A very short period after my last visit, an incident occurred some part of the morning, I don't think very much about with which, I fear, you are not unacquainted, as report, in the matter.

many mouths and more than one paper, was busy with the “ All convulsions end with me in rhyme; and to solace topic. That, naturally, gave me much uneasiness. Then my midnights, I have scribbled another Turkish story*. I nearly incurred a lawsuit on the sale of an estate; bun not a Fragment, which you will receive soon after this. It that is now arranged: next—but why should I go on with a does net trench upon your kingdom in the least, and, if it did, series of selfish and silly details? I merely wish to assure you would soon reduce me to my proper boundaries. You you that it was not the frivolous forgetfulness of a mind ocwill think, and justly, that I run some risk of losing the little cupied by what is called pleasure, (not in the true sense of I have gained in fame, by this further experiment on public Epicurus,) that kept me away; but a perception of my patience; but I have really ceased to care on that head. I then, unfitness to share the society of those whorn I value have written this, and published it, for the sake of the em- and wish not to displease. I hate being larmoyans, and ployment,—to wring my thoughts from reality, and take making a serious face among those who are cheeiful. refuge in `imaginings,' however 'horrible;'and, as to success! “It is my wish that our acquaintance, or, if you please to those who succeed will console me for a failure-excepting accept it

, friendship, may be permanent. I have been lucky yourself and one or two more, whom luckily I love too well enough to preserve some friends from a very early period, to wish one leaf of their laurels a tint yellower. This is the and I hope, as I do not (at least now) select them lightly, i work of a week, and will be the reading of an hour to you, shall not lose them capriciously. I have a thorough esteem or even less-and so let it go

for that independence of spirit which you have maintained "P. S. Ward and I tulk of going to Holland. I want with sterling talent, and at the expense of some sutkering. to see how a Dutch canal looks, after the Bosphorus. Pray You have not, I trust, abandoned the poem you were com respond."

posing, when Moore and I partook of your hospitality in the

I hope a time will come when he and I may be • The Bride of Abydos. To this puem he made additions, in the course able to repay you in kind for the latter—for the rhyme, an of printing, amounting altogether I near two huadred lines; and the least in quantity, you are in arrear to both. Opening lines, " Know ye the land,"' &c.-suppored to have been suggeslo ad to him by a song of Goethe's,-*ere among the number of these new

"Believe me very truly and affectionately yours, Insertions, as were also those verses, " Who hath not proved how feebly

"BYRON vords essay,

" &c. Having, at first, written the line in stanza 6,

“ Mind on her lip and music in her face," be afterward altered it to

LETTER CLXXIX. "The mind of music breathing in her face." But, this not satisfying him, the next step of correctioa brought the line to what it is at present “ The mind, the music breathing from her face."

"Dec. 8, 1813 The whole passage which follows

"Your lutter, like all the best, and even kindest, things in "Thou, my Zuleika, share and bless my bark,"

this world, is both painful and pleasing. But, first, to what was sent in successive scraps to the printer, correction following correc- sits nearest. Do you know I was actually about to dedicate

to you,—not in a formal inscription, as to one's elders,—but The line, " And tints to-morrow with prophetic ray," was originally

through a short prefatory letter, in which I boasted myself an airy “ And tints to-morrow with a fancied ray,'

your intimate, and held forth the prospect of your Poem, the following note being annexed:-" Mr. Murray,--Choose which of when, lo, the recollection of your strict injunctions of secrecy the two epithes, fancied,' or 'airy,', may be the best; or, if neither will as to the said Poem, more than once repeated by word and lo, the six'lines beginning “ Blest as the Muezzin's strain," &c. having letter, flashed upon me, and marred my intents. I could been despatched to the printer too late for insertion, were, by his desire, have no motive for repressing my own desire of alluding to added in an errala page; the first couplet, in its original form, being as follows:

you, (and not a day passes that I do not think and talk of " Soft as the Mecca-Muezzin's strains invite

you,) but an idea that you migh, yourself, dislike it. You Hin who hath journey'd far to join the rite."

cannot doubt my sincere admiration, waiving personal friendIn a few hours after, another scrap was sent off, containing the lines ship for the present, which, by-the-by, is not less sincere and “Blest as the Muezzin's strain from Mecca's dome,

deep-rooted. I have you by rote and by heart; of which Which welcomes Faith to view her Prophet's tomb," ecce signum! When I was at * *, on my first visit, I with the following note to Mr. Murray:

have a habit

, in passing my time a good deal alone, of–I

" December 31, 1813. won't call it singing, for that I never attempt except to my. "Look out in the Encyclopedia, article Mecca, whether it is there or self—but of uttering, to what I think tunes, your 'Oh breathe at Medina the Prophet is entombed. If at Medina, the first lines of my teration must run

not,' 'When the last glimpse,' and 'When he who adores " Blest as the call which from Medina', dome

thee,' with others of the same minstrel;—they are my malovites Devotion to her Prophet's tomb, &c."

tins and vespers. I assuredly did not intend them to be If at Mecca, the lines may stand as before. Page 45, cante 21, Bride of Abydos.

overheard, buit, one morning, in comes, not La Donna, but II

Marito, with a very grave face, saying, 'Byron, I must re" You will find this out either by article Mecca, Medina, or Moham quest you won't sing any more, at least of those soogs.' 1 ned. I have no book of reference by me." Immerliately after succeeded another note:

stared, and said, 'Certainly, but why ? - To tell you the " Did you look out? Is it Medina or Mecca that contains the Holy truth, quoth he, they make my wife cry, and so melancholy. Sepulchre! Don't make me blaspheme by your negligence. I have no that I wish her to hear no more of them.' Dan reference, or I would save you the trouble. I blush as a good

"Now, my dear Moore, the effect must have been from Musulman, to have confused the point.

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your words, and certainly not my music. I merely mention Notwithstanding all these various changes, the couplet in question this foolish to show you how much I am indebted rande, at present, thus:

to you for even your pastimes. A man rjay praise and " Plent as the Muezzin's strain from Mecaa's wall To pilgrims pure and prostrale at his call."

praise, but no one recolects but that which pleases

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least, in con position. Though I think no one equal to you MS.? Had I been less awake to, and interested my his in tha: department, or in satire,-and surely nu one was ever theme, I had been less obtrusive; but you know I always so popular in both certainly am of opinion that you have take this in good part, and I hope he will. It is difficult to not yet done all you can do, though more than enough for say what will succeed, and still more to pronounce what wil any one else. I want, and the world expects, a longer work not. I am at this moment in that uncertainty (on our oun from you; and I see in you what I never saw in poet before, score,) and it is no small proof of the author's powers to be A strange diffidence of your own powers, which I cannot able to charm and fix a mind's attention on similar subjects account for, and which must be unaccountable, when a corn and climales in such a predicament. That he may have sac like me can appal a cuirassier. Your story I did not, the same effect upon all his readers is very sincerely the could not, know, I thought only of a Peri. I wish you had wish, and hardly the doubl, of yours truly, "B." confided in me, not for your sake, but mine, and to prevent the world from losing a much better poem than my own, but rohich, I yet hope, this clashing will not even now deprive

LETTER CLXXXI. them on. Mine is the work of a week, written, why I have partly told you, and partly I cannot tell you by letter-some day I will.

“Nov. 12, 1813.

"MY DEAR SIR, "Go 01 shall really be very unhappy if I at all inter- "I hope you will consider when I venture on any refere with you. The sucecss of mine is yet problematical; quest, that it is the reverse of a certain Dedication, and though the public will probably purchase a certain quantity, is addressed not to 'The Editor of the Quarterly Reon the presumption of their own propensity for the Giaour view,' but to Mr. Gifford. You will understand this and such horrid mysteries.' The only advantage I have is and on that point I need trouble you no farther. being on the spot; and that merely amounts to saving me "You have been good enough to look at a thing of the trouble of turning over books, which I had better read mine in MS.*-a Turkish story, and I should feel gratiagain. If your chamber was furnished in the same way, you fied if you would do it the same favour in its probationary have no need to go there to describe“I mean only as to ac- state of printing. It was written, I cannot say for Beracy-because I drew it from recollection.

amusement, nor obliged by hunger and request of

friends, but in a state of mind, from circumstances which * This last thing of mine may have the same fate, and I occasionally occur to us youth,' that rendered it neces. assure you I have great doubts about it. But, even if not, sary for me to apply my mind to something, any thing its little day will be over before you are ready and willing. but reality; and under this not very brilliant inspiratior. Come out screw your courage to the sticking-place.' Ex- it was composed. Being done, and having at least cept the Post Bag (and surely you cannot complain of a diverted me from myself, I thought you would not want of success there, you have not been regularly out for perhaps be offended if Mr. Murray forwarded it to you. sotne years. No man stands higher,-whatever you may He has done so, and to apologize for his doing so a hink on a rainy day, in your provincial retreat. Aucun second time is the object of my present letter. Jo mme, dans aucune langue, n'a été, peut-être, plus com- "I beg you will not send me any answer. I assure plètement le poëte du cæur et le poēte des femmes. Les you very sincerely I know your time to be occupied, and erinques lui reprochent de n'avoir representé le monde ni tel it is enough, more than enough, if you read; you are qu il est, ni tel qu'il doit être; mais les femmes répondent qu'il not to be bored with the fatigue of answers. la representé le qu'elles le désirent.--I should have thought "A word to Mr. Murray will be sufficient, and send it Sismondi had written this for you instead of Metastasio. either to the flatnes, or *Write to me, and tell me of yourself. Do you remember

"A hundred hawkers' load, what Rousseau said to some one'Have we quarrelled?

On wings of winds to fly or fall abroad.' you have talked to me ofien, and never once mentioned your- It deserves no better than the first, as the work of a week, sel

and scribbled 'stans pede in uno' (by-the-by, the only *P.S. The last sentence is an indirect apology for my foot I have to stand on ;) and I promise never to trouble own egotism, but I believe in letters it is allowed. I wish you again under forty Cantos, and a voyage between it was mutual. I have met with an odd reflection in Grimm; each.

"Believe me ever & shall not-at least, the bad part,—be applied to you or me,

«Your obliged and affectionate servant, though one of us has certainly an indifferent name—but this

BYRON it is: 'Many people have the reputation of being wicked, with whom we should be too happy to pass our lives. I need not add it is a woman's saying—a Mademoiselle de Som

LETTER CLXXXII. mery's."

TO MR. MUF.RAY,

« Nov. 12, 1813.

*Two friends of mine (Mr. Rogers and Mr. Sharpe) LETTER CLXXX.

have advised me not to risk at present any single publication separately, for various reasons. As they have

not seen the one in question, they can have no bias for

* Dec. 4, 1813. or against the merits (if it has any) or the faults of the “I have redde through your Persian Tales,* and have present subject of our conversation. You say all the taken the liberty of making some remarks on the blank pages. last of the 'Giaour are gone-at least out of your hands. There are many beautiful passages, and an interesting story; Now, if you think of publishing any new edition with and I (amot give you a stronger proof that such is my opi- the last additions which have not yet been before the nion than by the date of the hourtwo o'clock, till which it reader (I mean distinct from the iwo-volume publicabas kept me awake without a yawn. The conclusion is nction,) we can add the 'Bride of Abydos,' which will thus quate correct in costume: there is no Mussulman suicide on steal quietly into the world: if liked, we can then throw record, at least for love. But this matters not. The tale off some copies for the purchasers of foriner 'Giaours ;' must have been written by some one who has been on the and, if not, I can onit it in any future publication. spot, and I wish him, and he deserves, success. Will you What think you? I really am no judge of those things Apologize to the author for the liberties I have taken with his and with all iny natural partiality for one's own produce

TO MR. MURRAY.

• Ildorfor, de. by Mr. Knight

• The Bride of Abra.

tions, I would rather follow any one's judgment than my

LETTER CLXXXIII.

own.

TO MR. MURRAY.

NOTE TO MR. MURRAY.

*P.S. Pray let me have the proofs I sent all to-night. I have some alterations that I wish to make speedily. I

“Nov. 15, 1819. hope the proof will be on separate pages, and not all

“Mr. Hodgson has looked over and stopped, or rather huddled together on a mile-long ballad-singing sheet, as

pointed, this revise, which must be the one to print from. those of the Giaour soinetimes are; for then I can't read He has also made some suggestions, with most of which them distinctly."

I have complied, as he has always, for these ten years, been a very sincere, and by no means (at times) fatter. ing, intimate of mine. He likes it (you will think flatter.

ingly, in this instance) better than the Giaour, bu!

"Nov. 13, 1813. doubts (and so do I) its 'eing so popular, but, contrary Will you forward the letter to Mr. Gifford with the to some others, advises a separate publication. On this proof? There is an alteration I may make in Zuleika's we can easily decide. I confess I like the double form speech, in second Canto (the only one of hers in that better. Hodgson says, it is better versified than any of Canto.) It is now thus :

the others; which is odd, if true, as it has cost me less " And curse, if I could curse, the day,

time (though more hours at a time) than any attempt I It must be

ever made. * And mourn-1 dare not curse-the day

"P. S. Do attend to the punctuation: I can't, for I That saw my solitary birth, &c. &c.

don't know a comma-at least, where to place one. “B. " That tory of a printer has omitted two lines of the

opening, and perhaps more, which were in the MS. * In the last MS. lines sent, instead of living heart,' Will you, pray, give him a hint of accuracy? I have reconvert to quivering heart. It is in the line 9th of the inserted the two, but they were in the manuscript I can

swear.” “Ever yours again, "B."

u Ever yours,

MS. passage.

TO MR. MURRAY.

NOTE TO MR. MURRAY.

LETTER CLXXXIV. · Alteration of a line in Canto second. Instead of " And linte to-morrow with a fancied ray,

"Nov. 17, 1813. And tints to-morrow with prophetic ray.

" That you and I may distinctly understand each other " The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, on a subject, which, like the dreadful reckoning when And tints lo-morrow with prophetic ray;

men smile no more,' makes conversation not very pleagilils

sant, I think it as well to write a few lines on the topic. * And tints the hope of morning with its ray ;

Before I left town for Yorkshire, you said that you wero "And gilds to-morrow's hope with heavenly ray.

ready and willing to give five hundred guineas for tho * I wish you would ask Mr. Gifford which of them is copyright of "The Giaour;' and my answer was, from best, or rather not worst.

" Ever, &c. which I do not mean to recede, that we would discuss "You can send the request contained in this at the the point at Christmas. The new story may or may same time with the revise, after I have seen the said re- not succeed; the probability, under present circumvise "

stances, seems to be, that it may at least pay its exNOTE TO MR. MURRAY.

penses ; but even that remains to be proved, and till it is "Nov. 13, 1813.

proved one way or another, we will say nothing about it.

Thus then be it: I will postpone all arrangement about "Certainly. Do you suppose that no one but the it, and the Giaour also, till Easter, 1814; and you shall Galileans are acquainted with Adam, and Eve, and then, according to your own notions of fairness, mako Cain, and Noah? Surely, I might have had Solomon, your own offer for the two. At the same time, I do not and Abraham, and David, and even Moses. When you rate the last in my own estimation at half the Giaour ; know that Zuleika is the Persian poetical name for and according to your own notions of its worth and its Potiphar's wise, on whom and Joseph there is a long success within the time mentioned, be the addition or poem, in the Persian, this will not surprise you. If you deduction to or from whatever sum may be your prowant authority, look at Jones, D'Herbelot, Vathek, or posal for the first, which has already had its success. the notes to the Arabian Nights; and, you

think it

"The pictures of Phillips I consider as mine, all three necessary, model this into a note.t “ Alter, in the inscription, 'the most affectionate re- at your service, if you will accept it as a present.

and the one (not the Arnaout) of the two best is much spect,' to 'with every sentiment of regard and respect.'

“P. S. The expense of engraving from the miniature send me in my account, as it was destroyed by my de

sire ; and have the goodness to burn that detestablo

"Nov. 14, 1813. print from it immediately. "I send you a note for the ignorantf but I really “To make you some amends for eternally pestering wonder at finding you among them. I don't care one you with alterations, I send you Cobbett, to confirm luinp of sugar for my poetry; but for my costume and my your orthodoxy. correctness on those points (of which I think the funeral “One more alteration of a into the in the MS.; it was a proof) I will combat lustily.

must be- The heart whose softness,' &c. " Yours, &c." “Remember--and in the inscription to the Right “Nov. 14, 1813.

Honourable Lord Holland,' without the previous names *Let tho revise which I sent just now (and not the Henry, &c.” proof in Mr. Gifford's possession) be returned to the printer, as there are several additional corrections, and two new lines in it. "Yours, &c."

NOTE TO MR. MURRAY.

“Nov. 20; 1813. • Some doubt had been expressed by Mr. Murray as to the propriety

* More work for the Row. I am doing my best to of hio pitting the name of Cain into the mouth of a Musselman. beat the Giaour'-no difficult task for any one but the 1 See note 30, to the Bride of Abydos. See nou 28, to the Bride of Abydos

author."

NOTE TO MR. MURRAY.

XOTE TO MR. MURRAY.

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XOTE TO MR. MURRAY.

higher than your present proposal, which is very handsonia Nov. 22, 1813.

and more than fair.* "I have no time to cross-investigate, but I believe and hope

"I have had—but this must be entre nous,-a very kind all is right. I care less than you will believe about its suc-note, on the subject of the Bride,' from Sir James Mackcess, but I can't survive a single misprint: it chokes me to see intosh, and an invitation to go there this evening, which it is words misused by the printers. Pray look over, in case of now too late to accept." some eyesore escaping me.

"P.S. Sond the earliest copies to Mr. Frere, Mr. Canning, Mr. Heber, Mr. Gifford, Lord Holland, Lord Mel

"Nov. 29, 1813. bourne (Whitehall,) Lady Caroline Lamb (Brocket,) Mr.

"Sunday—Monday morning—3 o'clock-in Hodgson (Cambridge,) Mr. Merivale, Mr. Ward, from the

my doublet and hose, swearing. author."

" I send you in time an errata page containing an omission of mine which must be thus added, as it is too late for

insertion in the text. The passage is an imitation altogether “Nov. 23, 1813.

from Medea in Ovid, and is incomplete without these two *You wanted some reflections, and I send you per Selin lines. Pray let this be done, and directly; it is necessary (see his speech in Canto 2d, page 46,) eighteen lines in de will add one page to your book (making,) and can do no cent couplets, of a pensive, if not an ethical tendency. One harm, and is yet in tiine for the public. Answer me, thou more revise-positively the last, if decently done—at any rate oracle, in the affirmative. You can send the loose pages to

those who have copies already, if they like; but certainly to the penultimate. Mr. Canning's approbation (if he did ap

all the critical copyholders. prove) I need not say makes me proud. As to printing, print as you will and how you will—by itself, if you like; but could not sleep, whether I had amended this or not,) and so

“P.S. I have got out of my bed (in which, however, I let me have a few copies in sheets.

good morning. I am trying whether De L'Allemagne wil “Nov. 24, 1813.

act as an opiate, but I doubt it." “You must pardon me once more, as it is all for your good: it must be thus" He makes a solitude, and calls it peace.

* Nov. 29, 1813. Mahes' is closer to the passage of Tacitus, from which the * You have looked at it ? to much purpose, to allow so line is taker, and is, besides, a stronger word than "leaves.' stupid a blunder to stand ; it is not courage,' but' carnage;' ** Mark where his carnage and his couquests cease,

and if you don't want me to cut my own throat, see it altered. He makes a solitude, and cails il-peace."

“I am very sorry to hear of the fall of Dresden."

NOTE TO MR, MURRAY.

TO MR. MURRAY.

once,

like one

LETTER CLXXXV.

LETTER CLXXXVII.

TO MR. MURRAY. "Nov. 27, 1813.

"Nov. 29, 1819, Monday. Lyou look over this carefully by the last proof with my « You will act as you please upon that point; but whether corrections it is probably right; this you can do as well or I go or stay, I shall not say another word on the subject til better ;-I have not now time. The copies I luegtioned 10 May-Dor then, unless quite convenient to yourself. I have be sent to different friends last night, I should wish to be many things I wish to leave to your care, principally papers. made up with the new Giaours, if it also is ready. If not, The vases need not be now sent, as Mr. Ward is gone to and the Giaour afterward.

Scotland. You are right about the errata page; place it at * The Morning Post says I am the author of Nourjahad!! the beginning. Mr. Perry is a little premature in his comThis comes of lending the drawings for their dresses; but it pliments; these may do harm by exciting expectation, and I is not worth a formal contradiction. Besides, the criticisms think we ought to be above it—though I see the next paraon the supposition will, some of them, be quite amusing and graph is on the Journalt which makes me suspect you as furious. The Orientalism—which I hear is very splendid the author of both. of the melodrame (whosever it is, and I am sure I don't * Would it not have been as well to have said 'in Two mow) is as good as an advertisement for your Eastern Cantos' in the advertisement? they will else think of fragStories, by filling their heads with gliter.

ments, a species of composition very well for *P.s. You will of course say the truth, that I am not the ruin in a view; but one would not build a town of them. The melodramatist—if any one charges me in your presence with Bride, such as it is, is my first entire composition of any the performance."

length (except the Satire, and be d—d to it,) for the Giaour is but a string of passages, and Childe Harold is, and I

rather think always will be, unconcluded. I return Mr. Hay's LETTER CLXXXVI.

note, with thanks to him and yon.

“There have been some epigrams on Mr. Ward: one I

see to-day. The first I did no: see, but heard yesterday

"Nov. 28, 1813. •Send ancther copy (if not too much of a request) to Lady does not believe that I had any connexion with either. I

The second seems very bad. I only hope that Mr. Ward Hyland of the Journal,* in my name, when you receive like and value him too well to allow my politics to contract this; it is for Earl Grey—and I will relinquish my own. into spleen, or to admire any thing intended to annoy hin of Als, to Mr. Sharpe, and Lady Holland, and Lady Caroline his. You need not take the trouble to answer this, as I shall Lamb, copies of The Bride, as soon as convenient. *P.S. Mr. Ward and myself still continue our purpose;

see you in the course of the afiernoon.

"P.S. I have said this much about ihe epigrams, because but I shall not trouble you on any arrangement on the score I lived so much in the opposite cump, and, from my post as of the Giaour and the Bride til our return-or, at any rate, an engineer, might be suspected as the finger of these harit, before May, 1814that is, six months from hence: and be

grenadoes; but with a worthy foe, I am all for open war, and fore that time you will be able to ascertain how far your not this bush-fighting, and have not had, nor will have any offer

may a losing one; if so, you can deduct propor- thing to do with it. I do not know the author.” to rably; and if not, I snall not at any rate allow you to go

TO MR. MURRAY.

be

Paran's Journal, a book published by Mr. Murray et this time.

• Mr. Murray had offered aim a thousand guineas for the two Poente 1 Peurope's Journal.

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