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Lord Byron.


When to their airy hall my father's voice
Shall call my spirit, joyful in their choice ;
When, poised upon the gale, my form shall ride,
Or, dark in mist, descend the mountain's side ;
Oh! may my shade behold no sculptured urns
To mark the spot where earth to earth returns ;
No lengthened scroll, no praise-encumbered stone ;
My epitaph shall be-my name alone :
If that with honour fail to crown my clay,
Oh! may no other fame my deeds repay :
That, only that, shall single out the spot;
By that remembered, or with that forgot.








Lord Byron's general character. Character as a poetas a British nobleman.

Objects of writing this memoir. Motives for destroying Lord Byron's Own


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Family descent. Newstead obey grant to Sir John Byron. The building

described. Inscription to the memory of Boatswain, a Newfoundland dog,
buried at Newstead. Clarendon's character of Sir Nicholas Byron. Some
account of Sir John Byron. His spirited conduct as Governor of the Tower
Distinguishes himself, with three of his brothers, in the battle of Edge Hill,
for which he is created a baron. Commands the Irish forces during the civil
wars. After numerous successes, he is defeated by Sir Thomas Fairfax.
Escapes to Holland with the Duke of York. Dies at Paris. His descendants.
Elegy on Newstead Abbey. William Lord Byron tried by his Peers for killing
Mr. Chaworth in a duel. The Honorable John Byron sails as a midshipman
in the Wager, with Commodore, afterwards Lord, Anson. The Wager parts
company with the squadron, and is wrecked on the coast of Patagonia. Suf-
serings of Mr. Byron, Captain Cheap, and the crew. After a captivity of moro
than five years, Mr. Byron returns to England. Arrives in London pennyless,
and finds his sister married to the Earl of Carlisle. Literary character of the
Countess. Satire on the present Earl of Carlisle. The Honorable John Byron
appointed commodore, and sails for North America. Circumnavigates the
globe. Promoted to the rank of admiral. Nicknamed · Foul-weather Jack.'
Superstition of the sailors in consequence.

Domestic troubles. Captain
Byron, the Admiral's eldest son, a reprobate libertine. His amours with Lady
Carmarthen. Her Ladyship divorced in consequence. Married to Captain
Byron, and dies of a broken heart. Captain Byron marries Miss Gordon.
Dissipates her property, and abandons her, soon after the birth of George
Gordon Byron, the subject of these memoirs. Dies at Valenciennes.


Birth of Lord Byron. Early infirmity of his constitution. His childhood spent

among the romantic scenery of Aberdeen. Inspiration derived therefrom,
illustrated by Beattie. Account of his early days, by a Schoolfellow. Sent to
the grarnmar school of Aberdeen. His extreme sensibility. The Brig o' Bad-
gownie prophecy. His contempt of titles when at school. Death of his

The Earl of Carlisle becomes bis guardian, Sent to Harrow school,
Removed to Trinity College, Cambridge. Keeps a bear in his rooms. Quits
college. At the age of nineteen, publishes a volume of poems, entitled Hours
of Idleness. On leaving Newstead Abbey. Epitaph on a Friend. A Fragment.
The Tear. Prologue to the Wheel of Fortune. Stanzas to a Lady, with the
poems of Cameons. To M***. To Woman. To M. S. G. Song, 'When I roved
a young Highlander.' To — To Mary, on receiving her picture. Lamætus.
To Marion. Oscar and Alva, a tale. To the Duke of D-- Translations
and Imitations. Adrian's address to his Soul when dying. From Catullus ;
ad Lesbian. The Epitaph on Virgil and Tibullus, by Domitus Marsus. From
Catullus ; Luctus de mortis passeris. From Catullus ; to Ellen. From
Anacreon; to his Lyre-Ode III. Fragments of School Exercises. From the
Promotheus Vinctus of Æschylus. The Episode of Nisus and Euryalus, a
paraphrase from the Æneid, lib. 9. From the Medea of Euripedes. Fugitive
Pieces; Thoughts suggested by a college examination. To the Earl of -
Granta; a medley. Lachin Y. Gair. To Romance. Childish recollections.
The death of Calmar and Orla, in imitation of Macpherson's Ossian. To E. N.
L. Esq. To Oh! had my fate been joined with thine.' 'I wish I were
a Highland child.' Lines written beneath an elm, in the churchyard of
Harrow on the Hill. Criticism on Hours of Idleness, from the Edinburgh
Review, Animadversions thereon. Disposition of Lord Byron on his
entrance into life. His fondness for a Newfoundland dog. Lines inscribed
upon a cup formed from a skull. His amours. Becomes enamoured of a fair
relative, who, however, marries another. Resolves on quitting England in
consequence. Becomes a great favorite among the fair sex. The authoress of
Glenarvon falls in love with him. Repels the attacks of the Edinburgh
Reviewers, by publishing English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, a satire.
Remarks on the satire. Curran's reply to Lady A--11. Lord Byron quits
England in company with Mr. Hobhouse. They proceed to Lisbon. Travel
through Spain to the Mediterranean.: Commences his poem of Childe
Harold's Pilgrimage. The poem described, accoinpanied with extracts.
Frequency of assassination in the streets of Lisbon. The heroine of
Saragoza The travellers proceed to Greece. Description of Albania.-
Attachment of his Albanian 'servants. Visits Ali Pacha in his palace
at Tepalen. Anecdote of Ali Pacha's barbarity. A note to Lady Mor-
gan, on Ida of Athens. Lord Byron's partiality for Athens. On travel-
ling in Turkey. Remarks on Childe Harold. Opinions of the Quarterly and
Edinburgh Reviewers. Lyrical pieces subjoined to Childe Harold. Swims
across the Hellespont with Lieutenant Ekenhead. The possibility of this
exploit doubted by Mr. Turner in his Travels. Letter from Lord Byron to
Mr. Murray on the subject.


Lord Byron returns to London. Lires a retired life, and devotes his time to

literary pursuits. The Giaour. The Bride of Abydos. The Corsair.
Curious particulars respecting Bishop Blackbourne. Lara. Ode to Napoleon

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