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HOURS OF IDLENESS:

A SERIES OF POEMS ORIGINAL AND TRANSLATED. *

"Virginibus puerisque canto."-HORACE, lib. 3, Ode 1.

“Μήτ' ἄς με μάλ' αἴνες μήτε τι νείκει.”-Howe, Ilia, x. 249. "He whistled as he went, for want of thought."-DRYDEN.

VOL. I.

[* First published in 1807.]

B

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.

[Isabella, daughter of William, fourth Lord Byron (great-great uncle of the Poet), became, in 1742, the wife of Henry, fourth Earl of Carlisle, and was the mother of the fifth Earl, to whom this dedication was addressed. This lady was a poetess in her way. The Fairy's Answer to Mrs. Greville's "Prayer for Indifference," in Pearch's Collection, is usually ascribed to her. Lord Carlisle acknowledged the receipt of the Poet's volume before reading the contents, and never returned to the subject. "Perhaps the Earl," said Lord Byron, "bears no brother near the throne, and if so, I will make his sceptre totter in his hands."]

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