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PO E T I CAL WORKS
Explanatory Notes and a Life of the Author,
BY THOMAS MOORE.
ILLUSTRATED WITH NUMEROUS FINE STEEL ENGRAVINGS EMBRACING THE PRINCIPAL
FEMALE CHARACTERS, LANDSCAPE AND HISTORICAL SUBJECTS.
FIRST QUARTO Edition Complete in one Yolume.
27 BEEKMAN STREET.
3 6 X 311
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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1867, by
JOHNSON, FRY & COMPANY, w the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for tho Southern District of New York
PREF A C E.
This Edition of the Works of LORD BYRON is the first printed in the quarto form. Originally, indeed, many of the separate Poems which constitute the volume were issued in this page; but others first appeared in octavo, and the tendency of recent publication has been to diminish the size of the type, till it is now rare, or an expensive luxury, to meet with a really enjoyable copy of the Poet's Works. This is the distinction of the present edition, which separates it from others, that the text is printed in good readable type expressly cast for the purpose, -open and well displayed in an ample quarto page. How different this from the early American editions in narrow twenty-four or thirtytwo mos in minion type. Yet the receipt of one of these copies, carried to the noble author by an American traveller to the Mediterranean, gave BYRON an unaffected pleasure. The sight, doubtless, stirred his imagination, suggesting to his mind new generations of readers in a remote land, insensible to the difficulties or prejudices which beset him at home. But however this may have been, BYRON always regarded the land of WASHINGTON with peculiar admiration. Every reader will remember his tribute to WASHINGTON in the fourth Canto of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage :
Can tyrants but by tyrants conquer'd be,
-the coupling of WASHINGTON with LEONIDAR, and other tributes to his fame in Don Juan.
There is a yet more particular passage is one of Byron's Diaries in which he records the visit of a young American. “ Whenever," he writes, "an American requests to see me (which is not unfrequently), I comply, irstly, because I respect a people who acquired their freedom by their firmness without excess ; and, secondly, because these trans-Atlantic visits,' few and far between,' make me feel as if talking with posterity from the other side of the Styx. In a century or two the new English and Spanish Atlantides will be masters of the old countries, in all probability, as Greece and Europe overcame their mother Asia in the older or earlier ages, as they are called.”