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TO MR. ROGERS.
of Newstead Abbey for nearly a month, and have not own obstinacy upon the subject. Take any course you been four hours returned to London. Nearly the first use please to vindicate yourself, but leave me to fight my I make of my benumbed fingers, is to thank you for your own way, and, as I before said, do not compromise me by very handsome note in the volume* you have just put any thing which may look like shrinking on my part; as forth, on':, 1 trust, to be followed by others on subjects for your own, make the best of it. Qlore worthy your notice than the works of contempo
"BN." raries. Of myself, you speak only too highly, and you must think me strangely spoiled, or perversely peevish, even to suspect that any remarks of yours, in the spirit of
LETTER CCV. candid criticism, could possibly prove unpalatable. Had they been harsh, insiead of being written as they are in the indelible ink and friendly admonition, had they been the
"Feb. 16, 1814. barshesi-as I knew and know that you are above any
"MY DEAR ROGERS, personal bias at least, against your fellow-bards, vedeva
"I wrote 10 Lord Holland briefly, but I hope distinctly me they would not have caused a remonstrance, nor a mo- on the subject which has lately occupied much of my Dient of rankling on my part. Your poem I read long
conversation with him and you.* As things now stand, ago in the 'Reflector,' and it is not much to say it is the upon that topic my determination must be unalterable. best 'Session' we have, and with a more difficult subject,
" I declare to you most sincerely that there is no hur for we are neither so good nor so bad (taking the best and man being on whose regard and esteem I set a higher worst) as the wits of the olden time.
value than on Lord Holland's; and, as far as concerns * To your smaller pieces I have not yet had time to do himself, I would concede even to humiliation without jusuce by perusal
, and I have a quantity of unanswered, any view to the future, and solely from my sense of his and I hope unanswerable letters to wade through before I conduct as to the past
. For the rest, I conceive that I sleep, but tomorrow will see me through your volume. I have already done all in my power by the suppression.f am glad to see you have tracked Gray among the Italians. If that is not enough, they must act as they please ; but You will perhaps find a friend or two of yours there also, I will not 'teach my tongue a most inherent baseness, though not to the same extent ; but I have always thought Lansdowne's to-night. I am asked, but I am not sure
come what may. You will probably be at the Marquis the Italians the most poetical moderns ; our Milton and
Hobhouse will be there. I Spenser, and Shakspeare, (the last through translations of that I shall be able to go. their Tales) are very Tuscan, and surely it is far superior think, if you knew him we , you would like him. to the French school. You are hardly fair enough to
“ Believe me always yours very affectionately,
"B Rogers. Why tea? you might surely have given him sapper, if only a sandwich. Murray has, I hope, sent you my last bantling 'The Corsair.' I have been regaled at
LETTER CCVI. every inn on the road hy lampoons and other merry conceits on myself in the ministerial gazettes, occasioned by the republication of two stanzas, inserted in 1812, in
“Feb. 16, 1814. Perry's paper. The hysterics of the Morning Post are quite "If Lord Holland is satisfied, as far as regards hinr interesting; and I hear (but have not seen) of something self and Lady Hd. and as this letter expresses him to lerrific in a last week's Courier: all which I take with the be, it is enough. "calm indifference of Sir Fretful Plagiary. The Morning " As for any impression the public may receive from Post has one copy of devices upon my deformity, which the revival of the lines on Lord Carlisle, let them keep certainly will admit of no 'historic doubts' like 'Dickon it—the more favourable for him, and the worse for me my master's,' another upon my atheism, which is not quite – better for all. so clear, and another very downrightly says, 'I am the
“ All the sayings and doings in the world shall not devil, (triteur, they might have added,) and a rebel, and make me utter another word of conciliation to any thing what not: possibly, my accuser of diabolism may be Rosa that breathes. I shall bear what I can, and what i Matilda ; and if so, it would not be difficult to convince cannot, I shall resist. The worst they could do would her that I am a mere man. I shall break in upon you in be to exclude me from society. I have never courted a day or two distance has hitherto detained me; and I it
, nor, I may add, in the general sense of the word, enhope to find you well, and myself welcome.
joyed it—and there is a world elsewhere ! * Ever your obliged and sincere " Any thing remarkably injurious, I have the samo
* BYRON. means of repaying as other men, with such interest as *P.S. Since this letter was written, I have been at circumstances may annex to it. your text, which has much good humour in every sense of *Nothing but the necessity of adhering to regimen the word. Your notes are of a very high order indeed, prevents me from dining with you to-morrow. pericularly on Wordsworth.”
"I am yours most truly,
TO MR. ROGERS.
TO MR. MURRAY.
LETTER CCVII. " Monday, Feb. 14, 1814.
TO MR. MOORE. “Before I left town yesterday, I wrote you a note, which
"Feb. 16, 1814. I presume you received. I have heard so many different "You may be assured that the only prickles that sting accounts of your proceedings, or rather of those of others from the Royal hedgehog are those which possess a towards you, in consequence of the publication of these torpedo property, and may benumb some of my friends. everlasting lines, that I am anxious to hear from your- I am quite silent, and 'hush'd in grim repose.' The self the real state of the case. Whatever responsibility, frequency of the assaults has weakened their effects, if obloquy, or effect is to arise from the publication, should ever they had any ;-and, if they had had much I should surely not fall upon you in any degree; and I can have hardly have held my tongue, or withheld my fingers. I no objection to your stating, as distinctly and publicly as is something quite new to attack a man for abandonin. you please, your unwillingness to publish them, and my
* Relative to a proposed reconciliation between Lord Carlisle and • The Feast of the Poets
t of the Satire
nis resentments. I have heard that previous praise and that now, as always, you will think that I wish to take no subsequent vituperation were rather ungrateful, but I did unfair advantage of the accidental opportunity which cirnot know that it was wrong to endeavour to do justice to cumstances permitted me of being of use to you. those who did not wait till I had made some amends
"Ever, &c." for former and boyish prejudices, but received me into their friendship, when I might still have been their
In consequence of this letter, Mr. Dallas addressed an enemy. "You perceive justly that I must intentionally have lowing is a part:
explanation to one of the newspapers, of which the fol. maile my fortune, like Sir Francis Wronghead. It
TO THE EDITOR OF THE MORNING Posr were better if there were more merit in my independence, but it really is something nowadays to be independent at ail
, and the less temptation to be otherwise, the more un- " I have seen the paragraph in an evening paper, in cominon the case, in these times of paradoxical servility. which Lord Byron is accused of receiving and pocketing I believe that most of our hates and likings have been large sums for his works. I believe no one who knows hitherto nearly the same; but from henceforth, they him has the slightest suspicion of this kind ; but the asmust, of necessity, be one and indivisible, and now for sertion being public, I think it a justice I owe to Lord it! I am for any weapon,—the pen, till one can find Byron to contradict it publicly. something sharper, will do for a beginning.
"I take upon me to affirm that Lord Byron never re“ You can have no conception of the ludicrous solem-ceived a shilling for any of his works. To my certain nity with which these two stanzas have been treated. knowledge, the profits of the Satire were left entirely to The Morning Post gave notice of an intended motion in the publisher of it. The gift of the copyright of Childe the House of my brethren on the subject, and God knows Harold's Pilgrimage, I have already publicly acknowwhat proceedings besides ;--and all this, as Bedridden in ledged in the dedication of the new edition of the Nights' says, 'for making a cream tart without pep- and I now add my acknowledgment for that of the Corper. This last piece of intelligence is, I presume, too sair, not only for the profitable part of it, but for the delilaughable to be true; and the destruction of the Custom-cate and delightful manner of bestowing it while yet unhouse appears to have, in some degree, interfered with published. With respect to his two other poems, the mine ;-added to which, the last battle of Buonaparte Giaour and the Bride of Abydos, Mr. Murray, the pubhas usurped the column hitherto devoted to my bulletin. lisher of them, can truly atfest that no part of the sale of
“I send you from this day's Morning Post the best them has ever touched his hands, or been disposed of for which have hitherto appeared on this impudent dog-his uso." gerel,' as the Courier calls it. There was another about my diet, when a boy-not at all bad-some time ago;
LETTER CCIX. but the rest are but indifferent.
TO * * * * "I shall think about your oratorical hint;*—but I have never set much upon 'that cast,' and am grown as
« Feb. 20, 1814. uired as Solomon of every thing, and of myself more than
"My absence from London till within these last few any thing. This is being what the learned call philo-days, and business since, have hitherto prevented my acsupłucal, and the vulgar, lack-a-daisical. I am, however, knowledgment of the volume I have lately received, and always glad of a blessing it pray repeat yours soon-a1
the inscription which it contains, for both of which I beg least, your letter, and I shall think the benediction in- leave to return you my thanks, and best wishes for the cluded.
success of the book and its author. The poem itself, as "Ever, &c."
the work of a young man, is creditable to your talents, and promises better for future efforts than any which I can now
recollect. Whether you intend to pursue your poetical LETTER CCVIII.
career, I do not know, and can have no right to inquire but, in whatever channel your abilities are directed, I think
it will be your own fault if they do not eventually lead to "Feb. 17, 1814.
distinction. Happiness must of course depend upon con* The Courier of this evening accuses me of having duct-and even fame itself would be but a poor compen* received and pocketed large sums for my works. i sation for self-reproach. You will excuse me for talking have never yet received, nor wish to receive, a farthing to a man perhaps not inany years my junior, with these
Mr. Murray offered a thousand for the Giaour grave airs of seniority; but though I cannot claim much and Bride of Abydos, which I said was too much and advantage in that respect, it was my lot to be thrown very that if he could afford it at the end of six months, I would early upon the world--to nix a good deal in it in more cli then direct how it might be disposed of; but neither mates than one-and to purchase experience which would then, nor at any other period, have I ever availed myself probably have been of greater service to any one than of the profits on my own account. For the republication myself
. But my business with you is in your capacity of the Satire, I refused four hundred guineas; and for the of author, and to that I will contine myself
. previous editions I never asked nor received a sous, nor
** The first thing a young writer must expect, and yet for any writing whatever. I do not wish you to do any can least of all suffer, is criticism. I did not bear it-a thing disagrecable to yourself; there never was nor shall few years, and many changes have since passed over my be any condicions nor stipulations with regard to any ac
head, and my reflections on that subject are attended with rommodation that I could afford you; and, on your part, regret. I find, on dispassionate comparison, my own rea I can see nothing derogatory in receiving the copyright venge more than the provocation warranted. It is true
, I I was only assistance afforded to a worthy man, by one
was very young—that might be an excuse to those I atini qurie so worthy.
tacked—but to me it is none: the best reply to all objec"}Ir. Murray is going to contradict this zł but your do you justice, the world will. On the other hand, you
tions is to write better-and if your enemies will not then name will not be mentioned: for your own part, you are n tree agent, and are to do as you please. I only hope should not be discouraged—o be opposed, is not to be
vanquished, though a timid mind is apt to mistake every Vir, Vore ha! en teavoured to persuade him to take a part in par.
scratch for a mortal wound. There is a saying of Dr. tiap entery affairs, and to exercise his talent for oratory more frequently. Jolinson's, which it is as well to remember, that no man
his letter, Mr. Moore having said " God bless you!" was ever written down except by himself.' I sincerely Alder-'* it is if you have no obiectiou." The statement of the Courier, &c
I hope that you will meet with as few obstacles as yourself
TO MR. DALLAS.
TO MR. MOORE.
TO MR. MOORE.
van desire-but if you should, you will find that they are is the only answer to the things you mention ; nor shouid to be stepped over; to kick them down is the first resolve I regard that man as my friend who said a word more on of a young and fiery spirit-a pleasant thing enough at the subject. I care little for attacks, but I will not suprut the time—but not so afterwards : on this point, I speak of to defences; and I do hope and trust that you have never a man's own reflections--what others think or say, is a entertained a serious thought of engaging in so foolish a seconda y consideration—at least, it has been so with me, controversy. Dallas's letter was, to his credit, merely as but will not answer as a general maxim: he who would to the facts which he had a right to state; I neither liave make his way in the world, must let the world believe that nor shall take the least public notice, nor permit any one it was made for him, and accommodate himself to the else to do so. If I discover the writer, then I may act in minutest observance of its regulations. I beg once more a different manner; but it will not be in writing. to unank you for your pleasing present,
"An expression in your letter has induced me to write "And have the honour to be
this to you, to entreat you not to interfere in any way in "Your obliged and very obedient servant, such a husiness,-it is now nearly over, and depend upon
" BYRON." it they are much more chagrined by my silence ihan they
could be by the best defence in the world. I do not know LETTER CCX.
any thing that would vex me more than any further reply to these things.
"B." “Feb. 26, 1814.
“ Ever yours, in haste, “Dallas had, perhaps, have better kept silence ;-but that was his concern, and, as his facts are correct, and his
LETTER CCXII. motive not dishonourable to himself, I wished him well through it. As for his interpretations of the lines, he and any one else may interpret them as they please. I have
“March 3, 1814. and shall adhere to my taciturnity, unless something very "MY DEAR FRIEND particular occurs to render this impossible. Do not you "I have a great mind to tell you that I am uncomfortsay a word. If any one is to speak, it is the person prin- able,' if only to make you come to town; where no one cipally concerned. The most amusing thing is, that every ever more delighted in seeing you, nor is there any one one (to me) attributes the abuse to the man they person to whom I woulu sooner turn for consolation in
my most ally most dislike :-some say Croker, some C** e, vapourish moments. The truth is, I have ‘no lack of others Fitzgerald, &c. &c. &c. I do not know, and have argument to ponder upon of the most gloomy description, no clue but conjecture. If discovered, and he turns out a but this arises from other causes. Some day or other, tureling, he must be left to his wages; if a cavalier, he when we are veterans, 1 may tell you a tale of present and must'wink, and hold out his iron.'
past times; and it is not from want of confidence that I do “I had some thoughts of putting the question to Croker, not know,—but-but-always a but to the end of the but Hobhouse, who, I am sure, would not dissuade me,
chapter. it were right advised me by all means not ;—' that I had
“There is nothing, however, upon the spot either to go right to take it upon suspicion,' &c. &c. Whether love or hate ;-but I certainly have subjects for both at Hobhouse is correct, I am not aware, but he believes him- no very great distance, and ain besides embarrassed beself so, and says there can be but one opinion on that sub-tween three whom I know, and one (whose name at least) ject. This I am, at least, sure of, that he would never I do not know. All this would be very well, if I had no prevent me from doing what he deemed the duty of a heart; but, unluckily, I have found that there is such a preur chevalier. In such cases—at least, in this country thing still about me, though in no very good repair, and, -we must act according to usages. In considering this also, that it has a habit of attaching itself to one, whether instance, 1 dismiss my own personal feelings. Any man I will or no. Divide et impera,' I begin to think, will will and must fight, when necessary, even without a mo- only do for politics. tive. Here, I should take it up really without much re- "If I discover the 'toad,' as you call him, I shall 'tread, sentment; for unless a woman one likes is in the way, it and put spikes in my shoes to do it more effectually. The is some years since I felt a long anger. But, undoubt- effect of all these fine things, I do not inquire much nor elly, could I, or may I, trace it to a man of station, 1 perceive. I believe * * felt them more than either of us, should and shall do what is proper.
People are civil enough, and I have had nodearth of invitawas angerly, but tried to conceal it. You are not tions,-none of which, however, I have accepted. I went called upon to avow the "Twopenny,' and would only out very little last year, and mean to go about still less. I gratify them by so doing. Do you not see the great ob- have no passion for circles, and have long regretted that ! ject of all these fooleries is to set him, and you, and me, ever gave way to what is called a town life ;--which, of al and all persons whatsoever, by the ears ?—more especially the lives I ever saw (and they are nearly as many as Pluthose who are on good terms--and nearly succeeded. tarch's) seems to me to leave the least for the past and Lord H. wished me to concede to Lord Carlisle-conccde future. to the devil So a man who used me ill? I told hin, in
“How proceeds the Poem? Do not neglect it, and I have answer, that I would neither concede, nor recede on the no fears. ' I need not say to you that your fame is dear to subject, but be silent altogether ; unless any thing more me, I really might say dearer than my own; for I have could be said about Lady H. and himself who had been lately begun to think my things have been strangely oversince my very good friends ;-—and there it ended. This rated; and, at any rate, whether or not, I have done with was no time for concessions to Lord C.
them for evei.
I may say to you, what I would not say to “I have been interrupted, but shall write again soon. every body, that the last two were written, the Bride in four Believe me ever, my dear Moore, &c.”
and the Corsair in ten days,—which I take to be a most
humiliating confession, as it proves my own want of judy. LETTER CCXI
ment in publishing, and the public's in reading things, which TO W * * w * *, ESQ.*
cannot have stamina for permanent attention. "So much
“Feb. 28, 1814. *MY DEAR W
“I have no dread of your being too hasty, and I have stil *I have but a few moments to write to you. Silence of time to a composition which is not to be Épic; and even
less of your failing. But I think a year a very fuir allotment • A gentleman wbi volunteered to defend him in relation to the “Two the Millennium, or some longer-lived generation than ours
Horace's 'Nonum prematur' must have been intended for
TO MR. MOORE.
I wonder how much we should have had of him, had he and, though I am and can be no judge (at least a fer observed his own doctrines to the letter. Peace be with one on this subject,) containing nothing which you ought you! Remember that I am always and most truly yours, &c. to hesitate publishing upon my account. If the author
*P. S. I never heard the 'report you mention, nor, I is not Dr. Busby himself, I think it a pity, on his oum darc say, many others. But, in course, you, as well as account, that he should dedicate it to his subscribers others, have 'damned good-natured friends,' who do their nor can I perceive what Dr. Busby has to do with tho duty in the usual way. One thing will make you laugh matter, except as a translator of Lucretius, for whose
doctrines he is surely not responsiblo. I tell you openly,
and really most sincerely, thay, if published at ail, there LETTER CCXIII.
is no earthly reason why you should not; on the contrary I should receive it as the greatest compliment you could
pay to your good opinion of my candour, to print and
"March 12, 1814. circulate that, or any other work, attacking me in a manly "Guess darkly, and you will seldom err. At present, I manner, and without any malicious intention, from which, shall say no more, and, perhaps--but no matter. I hope we as far as I have seen, I must exonerate this writer. shall some day meet, and whatever years may precede or “He is wrong in one thing, -I am no atheist; but if he succeed it, I shall mark it with the white stone' in my thinks I have published principles tending to such opicalendar. I am not sure that I shall not soon be in your nions, he has a perfect right to controvert them. Pray neighbourhood again. If so, and I am alone, (as will pro- publish it; I shall never forgive myself if I think that i bably be the case,) I shall invade and carry you off, and have prevented you. endeavour to atone for sorry fare by a sincere welcome. I “Make my compliments to the author, and tell him I lon't know the person absent (barring the sect') I should wish him success; his verse is very deserving of it ; and e so glad to see again.
I shall be the last person to suspect his motives. Yours "I have nothing of the sort you mention but the lines, (the &c. Weepers) if you like to have them in the Bag. I wish to
"P.S. If you do not publish it, some one else will. give them all possible circulation. The Vault reflection is You cannot suppose me so narrow-minded as to shrink downright actionable, and to print it would be peril to the from discussion. I repeat once for all, that I think it a publisher; but I think the Tears have a natural right to be good Poem, (as far as I have redde ;) and that is the only bagged, and the editor (whoever he may be) might supply point you should consider. How"odd that eight lines a facetious note or not, as he pleased.
should have given birth, I really think, to eight thousand "I cannot conceive how the Vault* has got about,—but including all that has been said, and will be, on the so it is. It is too farouche; but truth to say, my satires subject!” are not very playful. I have the plan of an epistle in my head, at him and to hiin; and, if they are not a little quieter, I shall imbody it. I should say little or nothing of myself.
LETTER CCXV. As w mirth and ridicule, that is out of my way; but I have a tolerable fund of sternness and contempt, and, with Juvenal before ine, I shall perhaps read him a lecture he has not
"April 9, 1814. lately heard in the Court. From particular circumstances, "All these news are very fine ; but nevertheless I want which came to my knowledge alniost by accident, I could my books, if you can find, or cause them to be found for 'Lell him what he is I know him well.'
me--if only to lend them to Napoleon in 'the island of "I meant, my dear M.to write to you a long letter, but I Elba' during his retirement. I also (i convenient, and am hurried, and time clips my inclination down to yours, &c. you have no party with you) should be glad to speak with
"P.S. Think again before you shelf your Poem. There you for a few minutes this evening, as I have had a letter is a youngster, (older than me, by-the-by, but a younger from Mr. Moore, and wish to ask you, as the best judge, poet,) Mr. G. Knight, with a vol. of Eastern Tales, written of the best time for him to publish ihe work he has coinsince his return, for he has been in the countries. He sent posed. I need not sny, that I have his success much at to me last summer
, and I advised him to write one in each heart; not only because he is my friend, but something measure, without any intention, at that time, of doing the much better-a man of great talent, of which he is less same thing. Since that from a habit of writing in a fever, sensible than I believe any even of his enemies. If you I have anticipated him in the variety of measures, but quite can so far oblige me as to step down, do so; and if you unintentionally. Of the stories, I know nothing, not having are otherwise occupied, say nothing about it. I shall find seen them; but he has some lady in a sack, too, like the you at home in the course of next week. Giaour :- he told me at the time.
"P. S. I see Sotheby's Tragedies advertised. The "The best way to make the public 'forget' me is to remind Death of Darnley is a famsus subject-one of the best, I them of yourself
. You cannot suppose that I would ask should think, for the drama. Pray let me have a copy, you or advise you to publish, if I thought you would fail. I when ready. really have no literary envy; and I do not believe a friend's " Mrs. Leign was very much pleased with her books filccess ever sat nearer another than yours do to my best and desired me to thank you; she means, I believe to wishes. It is for elderly gentlemen to bear no brother near, write to you her acknowledgments." and cannot become our disease for more years than we may perhaps number. I wish you to be out before Eastern subjects are again before the public."
TO MR. MURRAY.
TO MR. MOORL.
“2, Albany, April 9, 1814. TO MR. MURRAY.
" Viscount Althorp is about to be married, and I have March 12, 1814
gotten his spacious bachelor apartments in Aloany, la "I havo not time to read the whole MS. but what I which you will, I hope, address a speedy answer to this have seen seems very well written, (both prose and verse)
“I am but just returned to town, from which you inav • The lines on the opening of the vault that contained the remains of infer that I have been out of it; and I have been boxing, 1 T'he manuscript uf a long grave satire, entitled " Am!i-Byron," which for exercise, with Jackson for ihis last month daily. i ad ocen sent to Mr. Murray, and by him forwarded to Lord Byron, with have also been drinkiny,and, on one occasion, wiit ihreo I request-not rezant, I believe, seriously—that he would give his opiniou to die propriety of publishing it.- Mwote.
other friends at the Cocoa 'Treu, fom six ti'l tour, yea
NOTE TO MR. MURRAY.
XOTE TO MR. MURRAY.
unto five in the matin. We clareted and champaigned "Ah! my poor little pagod, Napoleon, has walked off his oil two then supped, and finished with a kind of regency pedestal. He has abdicated, they say. This would draw punch composed of madeira, brandy, and green tea, no real molten brass from the eyes of Zatanai. What! kiss the water being admitted therein. There was a night for ground before young Malcolm's feet, and then be baited by you!-without once quitting the table, except to ambulate the rabble's curse! I camot bear such a crouching catahome, which I did alone, and in utter contempt of a hack- strophe. I must stick to Sylla, for my modern favourites ney-coach and my own vis, both of which were deemed don't do,—their resignations are of a different kind. Al necessary for our conveyance. And so,—I am very well, health and prosperity, my dear Moore. Excuse this and they say it will hurt my constitution.
lengthy letter. Ever, &c. "I have also, more or less, been breaking a few of the "P.S. The Quarterly quotes you frequently in an arfavourite commandments; but I mean to pull up and ticle on America; and every body I know asks perpetually marry,- if any one will have me. In the mean time, the after you and yours. When will you answer them in other day I nearly killed myself with a collar of brawn person ?" which I swallowed for supper, and indigested for I don't know how long ;-but that is by-the-by. All this gormandize was in honour of Lent; for I am forbidden meat
** April 10, 1814 all the rest of the year,-but it is strictly enjoined me
"I have written an Ode on the fall of Napoleon, which, during your solemn fast. I have been, and am,
if you like, I will copy out, and make you a present of. iolerable love ;-but of that hereafter, as it may be.
Mr. Merivale has seen part of it, and likes it. You may “My dear Moore, say what you will in your preface;
show it to Mr. Gifford, and print it, or not, as you please and quiz any thing, or any body, -me, if you like it. Oons it is of no consequence. It contains nothing in his favour, dost thou think me of the old, or rather elderly, school ? if and no allusion whatever to our own government or the one can't jest with one's friends, with whom can we be Bourbons. Yours, &c. facetious? You have nothing to fear from * *, whom I
"P. S. It is in the measure of my stanzas at the end of have not seen, being out of town when he called.' He will Childe Harold, which were much liked, beginning, 'And be very correct, smooth, and all thay, but I doubt whether thou art dead,' &c. There are ten stanzas of it-ninety
lines in all." there will be any 'grace beyond the reach of art;-and whether there is or not, how long will you be so d-d modest? As for Jeffrey, it is a very handsome thing of birn to speak well of an old antagonist,--and what a mean
" April 11, 1814. mind dared not do. Any one will revoke praise; but- "I enclose you a letteret from Mrs. Leigh. were it noi partly my own case-I should say that very " It will be best not to put my name to our Ode; but you few have strength of mind to unsay their censéire, or follow may say as openly as you like that it is mine, and I can ut up with praise of other things.
inscribe it to Mr. Hobhouse from the author, which will “What think you of the review of Levis? It beats the mark it sufficiently. After the resolution of not publishing, Bag and my han-grenade hollow, as an invective, and though it is a thing of litle length and less consequence, it hath thrown the Court into hysterics, as I hear from very will be better altogether that it is anonymous; but we will good authority. Have you heard from
* incorporate it in the first tome of ours that you find time or * No more rhyme for-or racher, from—me. I have
the wish to publish.
" Yours alway, taken my leave of that stage, and henceforth will mounte
"P. S. I hope you got a note of alterations. sent this bank it no longer. I have had my day, and there 's an end.
matin? The utmost I expect, or even wish, is to have it said in
"P.S. Oh my books! my books! will you never find the Biographia Britannica, that I might perhaps have been my books? a poet, bad I gone on and amended. My great comfort
“Alter 'potent spell to quickening spell: the first (as is that the temporary celebrity I have wrung from the Polonius says) 'is a vile phrase,' and means nothing, beworld has been in the very teeth of all opinions and preju
sides being commonplace and Rosa-Matildaish." dices. I have flattered no ruling powers; I have never concealed a single thought that tempted me. They can't say I have truckled to the times, nor to popular topics, (as
“ April 12, 1814. Johnson, or somebody, snid of Cleveland,) and whatever I "I send you a few notes and trilling alterations, and an have gained has been at the expenditure of as much per- additional motto from Gibbon, which you will find singh emal favour as possible ; for I do believe never was a bard larly appropriate. A 'Good-natured Friend' tells me there inore unpopular, quoad homo, than myself. And now I is a most scurrilous attack on us in the Antijacobin Rem have done ;-ludite nunc alios.'—Every body may be view, which you have not sent. Send it, as I am is that
as they seem fond of it, and resolved to stickle lustily state of languor which will derive benefit from getting into for endless brimstone.
a passion. Ever, &c." "Oh-by-the-by, I had nearly forgot. There is a long Poem, an 'Anti-Byron' coming out, to prove that I havo formed a conspiracy to overthrow, by rhyme, all religion
LETTER CCXVII. and government, and have already made great progress! It is not very scurrilous, but serious and ethereal. I never felt myself important, till I saw and heard of my being such
“ Albany, April 20, 1814. a little Voltaire as to induce such a production. Murray Mayfield so very soon, and was taken in by the first part
"I am very glad to hear that you are to be transient from would not publish it, for which he was a foul, and so I told of your letter. Indeed, for aught I know, you may bo him; but some one else will, doubtless. 'Something too touch of this.'
“Your French scheme is good, but let it be Italian; all I had begun my letter in the following manner:"Have you seen the the Angles will be at Paris. Let it be Rome, Milan,
• Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte?'- spect it to be either Fitzgerald's
or Rosa Matilla's. Those rapid and masterly portraits of all the tyrant Naples, Florence. Turin, Venice, or Switzerland, and that preceded apoteou have a vigour in them which will incline news egad!' (as Bayes saith,) I will connubiate and join you ; say that Rusa Matinda in the personnelle, on the other hand, that and we will write a new 'Inferno' in our Paradise. Pray,rallel, the letter went with us:---- I like to wwwhat you think think of this and I will really buy a wife and a ring, and the other of cine aruble-holl then we are in no weli read in tay the ceremony and settle near you in a summer-house Fingerabdan tips Mailla as I am opon the Arno, or the po, or the Adriatic
NOTE TO MR. MURRAY.
TO MR. MOORE.
• See Poema, p. 178.
ileal you needl. n'amit a thout or wo ago, but to write tuvuore tur veurs. Servosty,' &c. &c.
ul. besides, they seem to furt