The Works of the Right Honourable Lord Byron

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 70 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817. Excerpt: ... 3. "Remember me--Oh! pass not thou my grave Without one thought whose relics there recline: The only pang my bosom dare not brave, Must be to find forgetfulness in thine. 360 4. "My fondest--faintest--latest--accents hear: Grief for the dead not Virtue can reprove; Then give me all I ever asked--a tear, The first--last--sole reward of so much love!" He passed the portal--crossed the corridore, And reached the chamber as the strain gave o'er: "My own Medora! sure thy song is sad--" "In Conrad's absence wouldst thou have it glad? "Without thine ear to listen to my lay, 369 "Stili must my song my thoughts, my soul betray: "Still must each accent to my bosom suit, "My heart unhushed--although my lips were mute! "Oh! many a night on this lone couch reclined, "My dreaming tear with storms hath winged the wind, "And deemed the breath that faintly fanned thy sail "The murmuring prelude of the ruder gale; "Though soft, it seemed the lgw prophetic dirge, "That mourned thee floating on the savage surge: "Still would I rise to rouse the beacon fire, 379 "Lest spies less true should let the blaze expire; "And many a restless hour outwatched each star, "And morning came--and still thou wert afar. "Oh! how the chill blast on my bosom blew, "And day broke dreary on my troubled view, "And still I gazed and gazed--and not a prow "Was granted to my tears--my truth--my vow! "At length--'twas noon--I hailed and blest the mast "That met my sight--it neared--Alas! it past! "Another came--Oh God! 'twas thine at last! "Would that those days were over! wilt thou ne'er, "My Conrad! learn the joys of peace to share? 391 "Sure thou hast more than wealth; and many a home "As bright as this invites us not to roam: "Thou know'st it is not peril that I fear, "I only tremble when thou art...

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English poet and dramatist George Gordon, Lord Byron was born January 22, 1788, in London. The boy was sent to school in Aberdeen, Scotland, until the age of ten, then to Harrow, and eventually to Cambridge, where he remained form 1805 to 1808. A congenital lameness rankled in the spirit of a high-spirited Byron. As a result, he tried to excel in every thing he did. It was during his Cambridge days that Byron's first poems were published, the Hours of Idleness (1807). The poems were criticized unfavorably. Soon after Byron took the grand tour of the Continent and returned to tell of it in the first two cantos of Childe Harold (1812). Instantly entertained by the descriptions of Spain, Portugal, Albania, and Greece in the first publication, and later travels in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, the public savored Byron's passionate, saucy, and brilliant writing. Byron published the last of Childe Harold, Canto IV, in 1818. The work created and established Byron's immense popularity, his reputation as a poet and his public persona as a brilliant but moody romantic hero, of which he could never rid himself. Some of Byron's lasting works include The Corsair, Lara, Hebrew Melodies, She Walks In Beauty, and the drama Manfred. In 1819 he published the first canto of Don Juan, destined to become his greatest work. Similar to Childe Harold, this epic recounts the exotic and titillating adventures of a young Byronica hero, giving voice to Byron's social and moral criticisms of the age. Criticized as immoral, Byron defended Don Juan fiercely because it was true-the virtues the reader doesn't see in Don Juan are not there precisely because they are so rarely exhibited in life. Nevertheless, the poem is humorous, rollicking, thoughtful, and entertaining, an enduring masterpiece of English literature. Byron died of fever in Greece in 1824, attempting to finance and lead the Byron Brigade of Greek freedom fighters against the Turks.

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