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ERRATA.

Introduction, page 4, line 20, for develope read develop.
Canto I., stanza 143, line 5, for over read o'er.
Canto II., stanza 38, line 5, for, Not so that picture, read, Not so thy picture.

59, line 5, for cribbit read crabbit.
Canto IV., stanza 77, line for equinimity read equanimity.

PREFACE.

LONG prefaces often remain unread, and being unnecessary here, the reader will not be troubled with lengthy explanation. “The Shade of Byron,” was commenced more than twenty years ago, and many portions of it were written at the time the events alluded to occurred. In taking up

the story as a vehicle for the introduction of much desultory matter, the Author conceives that he has followed out the original intention of its prototype. His assumed intimacy with a familiar spirit, which has now been so long removed from us, will be sufficiently understood. It was, perhaps, admiration of so great a genius, which first excited the desire of endeavouring to do what that spirit most probably would have done, had a longer residence with us been permitted. To make the work consistent, further development of some characters was necessary, while others, only mentioned as part of the Dramatis personæ, seemed intended to be brought into action. Whether this has been successfully done is not for the author to decide. He has freely expressed his sentiments and opinions; they may sometimes be "peculiar,”—they are at least sincere : but, he asks no one to adopt them; he only claims the same right of opinion which others assume. He offers no apology for any of his productions, despising the mock-modest custom of depre

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