The Complete Poetical Works of Lord Byron

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Would it were worthier! but I am not now
That which I have been -- and my visions flit
Less palpably before me -- and the glow
Which in my spirit dwelt is fluttering, faint, and low.


CLXXXVI

Farewell! a word that must be, and hath been --
A. sound which makes us linger; -- yet
-- farewell!
Ye, who have traced the Pilgrim to the scene
Which is his last, if in your memories dwell
A thought which once was his, if on ye

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A single recollection, not in vain
He wore his sandal-shoon and scallop-shell;
Farewell! with him alone may rest the pain,
If such there were -- with you, the moral of his strain!


SHORTER POEMS

[It has seemed advisable to the present editor to change the order in which Byron's works have always been printed, and to bring together in one general section all the Shorter Poems. This arrangement, it is believed, will facilitate considerably the use of the volume in reference. Nor is any real offence committed against the chronological ordering of the works, desirable as that may be for obvious reasons. As these miscellaneous and occasional pieces were written in cases while the composition of the longer Poems was in process, any absolute arrangement by is, indeed, impossible. Here we have, in this section, a continuous and personal record in verse, so to speak, of Byron's life. The greatness and versatility of his lyrical powers are also made more apparent by the coup d'œil thus afforded.]


HOURS OF IDLENESS
A SERIES OF POEMS, ORIGINAL AND TRANSLATED

[The title Hours of Idleness is really applied to a miscellaneous collection of Byron's juvenile poems. His first book, Fugitive Pieces, was printed anonymously by S. and J. Ridge, of Newark, in 1806. This edition, which contained thirty-eight pieces, was soon suppressed, and only a single copy, in the possession of Mr. H. Buxton Forman, is known to exist. A second edition, containing forty-eight poems and entitled Poems on Various Occasions, was printed by the same firm in the next year. Again in the same year this firm published by ron Hours of Idleness, with his name now attached. This volume included nineteen from the Fugitive Pieces, eight from the Poems on Various Occasions, and twelve now first printed, -- thirty-nine in all. A fourth edition was issued, in 1808, by the same house, under the title Poems Original and Translated, containing thirty-eight pieces. The name, Hours of Idleness, first made famous by the review in the Edinburgh, has in all later editions been attached to the general collection of Byron's earlier poems.]

Virginibus puerisque canto. -- HORACE, lib. iii. Ode 1.
Μἣτ ἄρ με μάλ ALαινεεμU+3B5τEPτιίκει HOMER, Iliad, x. 249.

He whistled as he went, for want of thought. -- DRYDEN.

TO
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE FREDERICK, EARL OF CARLISLE
KNIGHT OF THE GARTER, ETC., ETC.

THE SECOND EDITION OF THESE POEMS IS INSCRIBED BY HIS OBLIGED WARD AND AFFECTIONATE KINSMAN THE AUTHOR


PREFACE

In submitting to the public eye the following collection, I have not only to combat the difficulties that writers of verse generally encounter, but may incur the charge of presumption for obtruding myself on the world, when, without doubt, I might be, at my age, more usefully employed.

These productions are the fruits of the lighter

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