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BY LORD BYRON
Complete Edition, with Notes
“ Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no
Canto the First.
I WANT a hero ; an uncommon want,
When every year and month sends forth a new one, Till, after cloying the gazettes with cant,
The age discovers he is not the true one;
I'll therefore take our ancient friend Don Juan-
Prince Ferdinand, Granby, Burgoyne, Keppel, Howe, Evil and good, have had their tithe of talk,
And fili'd their sign-posts then, like Wellesley now; Each in their turn, like Banquo's monarchs stalk,
Followers of fame, “nine farrow" of that sow:
Petion, Clootz, Danton, Marat, La Fayette,
And there were others, scarce forgotten yet, Joubert, Hoche, Marceau, Lannes, Dessaix, Moreau,
With many of the military set, Exceedingly remarkable at times, But not at all adapted to my rhymes.