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DON JUAN.

DON JUAN

BY LORD BYRON

Complete Edition, with Notes

“ Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no
more Cakes and Ale? Yes, by St. Ann; and Ginger shall be hot in
the mouth too."

SHAKESPEARE.

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CHARLES DICKENS AND EVANS,

CRYSTAL PALACE PRESS.

DON JUAN.

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;
Of such as these I should not care to vaunt,

I'll therefore take our ancient friend Don Juan-
We all have seen him in the pantomime,
Sent to the Devil somewhat ere his time.
Vernon, the Butcher Cumberland, Wolfe, Hawke,

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:
France, too, had Buonaparté and Dumourier
Recorded in the Moniteur and Courier.
Barnarve, Brissot, Condorcet, Mirabeau,

Petion, Clootz, Danton, Marat, La Fayette,
Were French, and famous people, as we know ;

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.

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