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Byron's departure from England

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  • nancy mayer
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      A friend copied and sent this to me.

      > London Times: Tuesday, April 16, 1816.
      > LORD BYRON.
      > It has become matter of general notoriety that Lord Byron is separated
      > from his young and amiable lady, and is preparing to quit England for
      > some time. Under these circumstances, two extraordinary copies of
      > verses have appeared in a Sunday paper, which are broadly stated to be
      > his lordship's composition, and to refer to "his own domestic
      > circumstances" We must, however believe them to be an injurious
      > fabrication, calculated to render his lordship an object of no common
      > contempt. The first is an effusion of affected sensibility, in which a
      > husband bids farewell to a wife whom he pretend, to adore, but
      > describes as "unforgiving," and tells her she "can never again know
      > placid sleep." The cant and apparent hypocrisy of such an address
      > would naturally excite, in a well regulated mind, only a smile of
      > disdain, but the other poem (if poem it is to be called) is of much
      > more odious complexion. It is a mere piece of vulgar and insolent
      > abuse, supposed to be leveled by a nobleman against a female in the
      > dependent situation of a governess' Lord Byron must know too well what
      > is due to his rank and talents, to have engaged in an attack all
      > together so unequal and so unmanly. We could conceive it possible
      > that, under the impression of some sickly feelings, he might have
      > written the whining stanzas entitled "Fare thee well." But we will not
      > do him the injustice to suppose that he could possibly descend to the
      > low malignity and miserable doggerel of the lines beginning - "Born in
      > the garret, in the kitchen bred'

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