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Nor yet, alas ! the dreadful work is done;
Repairs the wrongs that Quito's sons sustain'd, While o'er the parent clime prowls Murder unrestrain'd.
Not all the blood at Talavera shed,
Ere the Frank robber turn him from his spoil,
And thou, my friend !—since unavailing woe
While Glory crowns so many a meaner crest!
Oh, known the earliest, and esteem'd the most !67
Till my frail frame return to whence it rose, and mourn's and mourner lie united in repose.
Here is one fytte of Harold's pilgrimage :
Lands that contain the monuments of Eld,
NOTES TO CANTO THE FIRST.
1.-Stanza i., line 6. Yes! sigh'd o'er Delphi's long deserted shrine, The little village of Castri stands partly on the site of Delphi. Along the path of the mountain, from Chrysso, are the remains of sepulchres hewn in and from the rock :-"One," said the guide, "of a king who broke his neck hunting." His majesty had certainly chosen the fittest spot for such an achievement. A little above Castri is a cave, siipposed the Pythian, of immense depth; the upper part of it is paved, and now a cowhouse. On the other side of Castri stands a Greek monastery; some way above which is the cleft in the rock, with a range of caverns difficult of ascent, and apparently leading to the interior of the mountain; probably to the Corycian Cavern mentioned by Pansanias. From this part descend the fountain and the “Dews of Castalie."
(The opening stanza is not in the original MS.)
2.-Stanza ii., line 7.
With concubines," &c.-MS.
3.---Stanza v., line 3.
Had sigh'd to many though he loved but one, [The stanzas written to Mrs. Musters, on leaving England, are the best comment on the allusion in the text
"And I must from this land be gone,
4.-Stanza vi., line 5.
Apart he slalk'd in joyless reverie, 1" And straight he fell into a reverie."-MS.]
5.-Stanza vii., line 7. Now Paphian girls were known to sing and smile; [The old housekeeper at Newstead told Washington Irving, that the licentious life, and the paramours, were mainly a fiction. The interior at Newstead was often loose and irregular, but it never exhibited the profuse luxury and Satanic revelry which he here seems to indicate.]
6.-Stanza x., line 6. Yet deem not thence his breast a breast of steel: ["Yet deem him not from this with breast of steel.”—MS.)
7.-Stanza xi., line 2.
The Dalilahs," &c.-MS. The last line of the stanza is an allusion to Lord Byron's original intention to extend his travels to India.]
8.–Page 8, line 9.
" Come hither, hither, my little page! [This "little pago" was Robert Rushton, the son of one of Lord Byron's tenants. " Robert I take with me," says the poet, in a letter to his mother: “I like him, because, like myself, he seems a friendless animal." The boy being sickly, Lord Byron, on reaching Gibraltar, sent him back to England.)
9.–Page 8, line 16.
More merrily along."
So merrily along."--MS.)
10.--Page 8, line 18.
I fear not wave nor wind:
From fear of wave or wind."--MS.]
11.--Page 9, line 8.
Mine oun would not dry. (Here follows in the original MS.:
My Mother is a high-born dame,