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Torn from thy parent bird to form a pen,
When Vice triumphant holds her sovereign sway, Obeyed by all who nought beside obey; When Folly, frequent harbinger of crime, Bedecks her cap with bells of every clime; When knaves and fools combined o'er all prevail, And weigh their justice in a golden scale;
* Cid Hamet Benengeli promises repose to his pen, in the last chapter of Don Quixote. Oh! that our voluminous gentry would follow the example of Cid Hamet Benengeli.
t["This must have been written in the spirit of prophecy." -Byron, 1816.]
E'en then the boldest start from public sneers,
Such is the force of wit! but not belong To me the arrows of satiric song;
The royal vices of our age demand
A keener weapon, and a mightier hand.
I too can scrawl, and once upon a time
I poured along the town a flood of rhyme,
A schoolboy freak, unworthy praise or blame;
I printed — older children do the same.
* This ingenious youth is mentioned more particularly, with his production, in another place.
† In the Edinburgh Review. -["He's a very good fellow;
Moved by the great example, I pursue
The self-same road, but make my own review:
A man must serve his time to every trade
A turn for punning, call it Attic salt;
To Jeffrey go, be silent and discreet,
His pay is just ten sterling pounds per sheet:
Fear not to lie, 't will seem a sharper hit;
And shall we own such judgment? no
any other thing that's false, before
and, except his mother and sister, the best of the set, to my mind."― Byron, 1816.]
Messrs. Jeffrey and Lambe are the alpha and omega, the
To these young tyrants, by themselves misplaced,
Then should you ask me,† why I venture o'er The path which Pope and Gifford trod before; If not yet sickened, you can still proceed: Go on; my rhyme will tell you as you read. "But hold!" exclaims a friend, - "here's some
- that and t'other line seem incorrect."
What then? the self-same blunder Pope has got,
first and last of the Edinburgh Review; the others are mentioned hereafter.
["This was not just. Neither the heart nor the head of these gentlemen are at all what they are here represented. At the time this was written, I was personally unacquainted with either." ― Byron, 1816.]
*IMIT. "Stulta est Clementia, cum tot ubique
-occurras perituræ parcere charts."-Juv. Sat. I. IMIT. "Cur tamen hoc libeat potius decurrere campo Per quem magnus equos Auruncæ flexit alumnus: Si vacat, et placidi rationem admittitis, edam." Juv. Sat. I.
Indeed!-'tis granted, faith! - but what care I?
Time was, ere yet in these degenerate days Ignoble themes obtained mistaken praise,
* [The first edition of the Satire opened with this line, and Byron's original intention was to prefix the following —
'The poet considereth times past, and their poesy — makes a sudden transition to times present—is incensed against bookmakers- revileth Walter Scott for cupidity and ballad-mongering, with notable remarks on Master Southey-complaineth that Master Southey hath inflicted three poems, epic and otherwise, on the public-inveigheth against William Wordsworth, but laudeth Mister Coleridge and his elegy on a young ass- - is disposed to vituperate Mr. Lewis - and greatly rebuketh Thomas Little (the late) and the Lord Strangford -recommendeth Mr. Hayley to turn his attention to prose-and exhorteth the Moravians to glorify Mr. Grahame-sympathizeth with the Reverend Bowles-and deploreth the melancholy fate of James Montgomery-breaketh out into invective against the Edinburgh Reviewers-calleth them hard names, harpies and the like-apostrophizeth Jeffrey, and prophesieth. - Episode of Jeffrey and Moore, their jeopardy and deliverance; portents on the morn of the combat; the Tweed, Tolbooth, Frith of Forth, severally shocked; descent of a goddess to save Jeffrey; incorporation of the bullets with his sinciput and occiput. - Edinburgh Reviewers en masse.-Lord Aberdeen, Herbert, Scott, Hallam, Pillans, Lambe, Sydney Smith, Brougham, etc. — The Lord Holland applauded for dinners and translations. The Drama; Skeffington, Hook, Reynolds, Kenney, Cherry, etc. Sheridan, Colman, and Cumberland called upon to write. -Return to poesy-scribblers of all sorts lords sometimes rhyme; much better not Hafiz, Rosa Matilda, and X. Y. Z.- Rogers, Campbell, Gifford, etc. true poets - Translators of the Greek Anthology-Crabbe
Darwin's style - Cambridge - Seato- Hodgson - Oxford - Richards - Poeta
nian Prize- Smythe loquitur - Conclusion."]