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69.-Page 168, line 44.

Puns, and a prince within a barrel pent,

In the melo-drama of Tekeli, that heroic prince is clapt into a barrel on the stage; a new asylum for distressed heroes.-[In the original MS. the note stands thus:-"In the melo-drama of Tekeli, that heroic prince is clapt into a barrel on the stage, and Count Evrard in the fortress hides himself in a green-house built expressly for the occasion. "Tis a pity that Theodore Hook, who is really a man of talent, should confine his genius to such paltry productions as the 'Fortress,' 'Music Mad,' &c. &c."-This extraordinary humorist was a mere boy at the date of Lord Byron's satire.]

70.-Page 169, line 1.

Though now, thank Heaven! the Rosciomania's o'er,

[Master Betty, "the young Roscius" had a little before been the rage with the play-going public.]

71.-Page 169, line 5.

While Reynolds vents his “dammes !" "poohs !" and "zounds!"

All these are favourite expressions of Mr. Reynolds, and prominent in his comedies, living and defunct.

72.-Page 169, line 7.

While Kenney's "World"-ah! where is Kenney's wit?— [Mr. Kenney has since written many successful dramas.]

73.-Page 169, line 10.

A tragedy complete in all but words?

Mr. T. Sheridan, the new manager of Drury Lane theatre, stripped the tragedy of Bonduca of the dialogue, and exhibited the scenes as the spectacle of Caractacus. Was this worthy of his sire? or of himself?[Thomas Sheridan, who nuited much of the convivial wit of his father to many amiable qualities, was afterwards made colonial paymaster at the Cape of Good Hope, where he died in September, 1817, leaving a widow, whose novel of "Carwell" obtained much approbation, and several children, of whom the Honourable Mrs. Norton was one.]

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Awake, George Colman!

[The admiration here implied for the dramas of Colman was extended, when Lord Byron became personally acquainted with him, to his conversational humour.]

75.-Page 169, line 15.

Cumberland, awake!

[Richard Cumberland, the well-known author of the "West Indian," the "Observer," and one of the most amusing of autobiographies, died in 1811.)

76.-Page 169, line 24.

Where Garrick trod, and Siddons lives to tread?

[In all editions previous to the fifth, it was, "Kemble lives to tread." Lord Byron used to say, that, of actors, Cooke was the most natural, Kemble the most supernatural, Kean the medium between the two; but that Mrs. Siddons was worth them all put together." Such effect, however, had Kean's acting on his mind, that once, on seeing him play Sir Giles Overreach, he was seized with a fit.]

77.-Page 169, line 34.

Still Skeffington and Goose divide the prize.

[Dibdin's pantomime of Mother Goose had a run of nearly a hundred nights, and brought more than twenty thousand pounds to the treasury of Covent Garden theatre.]

78.-Page 169, line 38.

Her flight to garnish Greenwood's gay designs;

Mr. Greenwood is, we believe, scene-painter to Drury Lane theatreas such, Mr. Skeffington is much indebted to him.

79.-Page 169, line 40.

In five facetious acts comes thundering on,

Mr. [afterwards Sir Lumley] Skeffington is the illustrious author of the "Sleeping Beauty;" and some comedies, particularly "Maids and Bachelors:" Baccalaurii baculo magis quam lauro digni.

80.-Page 170, line 10.

And worship Catalani's pantaloons,

Naldi and Catalani require little notice; for the visage of the one, and the salary of the other, will enable us long to recollect these amusing vagabonds. Besides, we are still black and blue from the squeeze on the first night of the lady's appearance in trousers.

$1.-Page 170, line 12.

Of wit than puns, of humour than grimace.

[The following twenty lines were struck off one night after Lord Byron's return from the Opera, and sent the next morning to the printer.]

82.-Page 170, line 34.

Of vice and folly, Greville and Argyle!

To prevent any blunder, such as mistaking a street for a man, I beg leave to state, that it is the institution, and not the duke of that name, which is here alluded to. A gentleman, with whom I am slightly acquainted, lost in the Argyle Rooms several thousand pounds at

backgammon.* It is but justice to the manager in this instance to say, that some degree of disapprobation was manifested: but why are the implements of gaming allowed in a place devoted to the society of both sexes? A pleasant thing for the wives and daughters of those who are blest or cursed with such connections, to hear the billiard-tables rattling in one room, and the dice in another! That this is the case I myself can testify, as a late unworthy member of an institution which materially affects the morals of the higher orders, while the lower may not even move to the sound of a tabor and fiddle, without a chance of indictment for riotous behaviour.-[Colonel Greville conceived that Lord Byron had reflected upon his conduct as manager of the Argyle institution and demanded an explanation. The matter was amicably settled by their mutual friends, though Lord Byron appears to have retracted none of his statements.]

83.-Page 170, line 37.

Behold the new Petronius of the day,

Petronius, "Arbiter elegantiarum" to Nero, "and a very pretty fellow in his day," as Mr. Congreve's "Old Bachelor" saith of Hannibal.

84.-Page 171, line 34.

And, kinder still, two Pagets for your wife;

66

[The original reading was, a Paget for

your wife."]

85.-Page 171, line 41.

To live like Clodius, and like Falkland fall.

I knew the late Lord Falkland well. On Sunday night I beheld him presiding at his own table, in all the honest pride of hospitality; on Wednesday morning, at three o'clock, I saw stretched before me all that remained of courage, feeling, and a host of passions. He was a gallant and successful officer: his faults were the faults of a sailor, [those of dissipation]-as such, Britons will forgive them. He died like a brave man in a better cause; for had he fallen in like manner on the deck of the frigate to which he was just appointed, his last moments would have been held up by his countrymen as an example to succeeding heroes. [Lord Falkland was killed in a duel by Mr. Powell, in 1809. Though his own difficulties pressed on him, Lord Byron contrived to convey five hundred pounds to the needy widow and children of his friend.]

S6.-Page 172, line 6.

To fight my course through passion's countless host,
["Yes: and a precious chase they led me."-B., 1816.]

87.-Page 172, line 12.

"What art thou better, meddling fool, than they?"

["Fool enough, certainly, then, and no wiser since.”—B., 1816.]

*["True. It was Billy Way who lost the money. I knew him, and was a subscriber to the Argyle at the time of the event."-B., 1816.]

88.-Page 172, line 22.

From silly IIafiz up to simple Bowles,

What would be the sentiments of the Persian Anacreon, Hafiz, could he rise from his splendid sepulchre at Sheeraz (where he reposes with Ferdousi and Sadi, the oriental Homer and Catullus), and behold his name assumed by one Stott of Dromore, the most impudent and execrable of literary poachers for the daily prints?

89.-Page 172, line 31.

Miles Andrews still his strength in couplets try,

[Miles Peter Andrews, many years M.P. for Bewdley, Colonel of the Prince of Wales's Volunteers, proprietor of a gunpowder manufactory at Dartford, author of numerous prologues, epilogues, and farces, and one of the heroes of the Baviad. He died in 1814.]

90.-Page 172, line 36.

Ah! who would take their titles with their rhymes?

[In the original manuscript we find these lines :--
"In these, our times, with daily wonders big,
A lettered peer is like a lettered pig;
Both know their alphabet, but who, from thence,
Infers that peers or pigs have manly sense?
Still less that such should woo the graceful nine;
Parnassus was not made for lords and swine."]

91.-Page 172, line 40.

The paralytic puling of Carlisle.

[Lord Byron was here supposed to allude to the nervous disorder of Lord Carlisle.-"I thank Heaven," he exclaimed, "I did not know it; and would not, could not, if I had. I must naturally be the last person to be pointed on defects or maladies." He had originally dismissed his guardian with a complimentary couplet:

"On one alone Apollo deigns to smile

And crown a new Roscommon in Carlisle."

Between the composition and the printing of the satire he wrote to Lord Carlisle intimating that he should take his seat in the House of Lords, and instead of offers of countenance and civility received a cold description of the forms to be observed. To establish his claim to the peerage it was necessary to prove a marriage, of which no proper entry could be found, and what completed his indignation was the refusal of his guardian to satisfy the Chancellor upon the subject. Lord Byron's mother had an antipathy for Lord Carlisle which her violent passions rendered mutual, nor was her son's character for dissipation calculated to remove a previous prejudice; but when Lord Byron's youth and need of guidance are considered, the advances he had made to his guardian, and the public praise he had bestowed upon him, it must be admitted that the ward was treated with culpable neglect. Lord Byron, who long retained a sense of the injury, ended with regretting the fierce revenge

he had taken, and desiring a reconciliation. The noble panegyric in Childe Harold on the son richly atoned for the offence against the father.j

92.- Page 173, line 4.

Lord, rhymester, petit-maître, and pamphleteer!

The Earl of Carlisle has lately published an eighteen-penny pamphlet on the state of the stage, and offers his plan for building a new theatre It is to be hoped his lordship will be permitted to bring forward any thing for the stage-except his own tragedies.

93.-Page 173, line 12.

And hang a calf-skin on these recreant lines.

"Doff that lion's hide,

And hang a calf-skin on those recreant limbs."

Shak. King John.

Lord Carlisle's works, most resplendently bound, form a conspicuous ornament to his book-shelves:

"The rest is ali but leather and prunella."

["Wrong also the provocation was not sufficient to justify the acerbity."-B., 1816.]

94.-Page 173, line 20.

And Melville's Mantle prove a blanket too!

"Melville's Mantle," a parody on "Elijah's Mantle," a poem.

95.- Page 173, line 30.

Leave wondering comprehension far behind.

This lovely little Jessica, the daughter of the noted Jew King, seems to be a follower of the Della Crusca school, and has published two volumes of very respectable absurdities in rhyme, as times go; besides sundry novels in the style of the first edition of the Monk." She since married the Morning Post-an exceeding good match; and is now dead--which is better."-B, 1816.]

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Chain'd to the signature of O. P. Q.

These are the signatures of various worthies who figure in the poctical departments of the newspapers.

97.-Page 173, line 37.

When some brisk youth, the tenant of a stall,

[Joseph Blackett, the shoemaker. He died at Seaham, in 1810. Ilis poems were afterwards collected by Pratt; and, oddly enough, his principal patroness was Miss Milbank, then a perfect stranger to Lord Byron. In a letter written to Dallas, on board the Volage frigate, at sca, in June 1811, he says, "I see that yours and Pratt's protégé,

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