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SELECT WORKS:

CONSISTING OP

CAIN, A MYSTERY;

Hours of Edleness;

ENGLISH BARDS AND SCOTCH REVIEWERS;

WITH OCCASIONAL PIECES;

AND

LIFE OF TIE AUTHOR.

LONDON:

CHALIES DALY, 19, RED LION SQUARE.

1841.

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THE NEW YORK PULLIC LIBIA.SY 4082

ASTOR, LENOX ANU TIL EN FOUNDATIONS B

1948

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THE LIFE

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LORD BYRON.

LORD BYRON

as, without an exception, one of the greatest poets that England ever produced. His genius was of the very first order-he was one of those characters from whose existence new era's date their commencement, and his writings promise to have an extraordinary influence on our literature, and on our most important opinions. He was, indeed, a poet whom it “were vain to blame, and useless to praise ;'' For he commanded every avenue to the heart, and iwakened every emotion of the spirit; from the pal.

with “eyes

pable to the obscure; from such as may be expressed
by the lip, or indicated by the features, to the dark
and undefinable of whose very existence we were
before scarcely assured. We read his page with an
alternately beating and overflowing heart;
that o'er it shed tears feelingly and fast,” and we ac.
knowledge the mighty power of his genius that binds
us to his verse like enchantment.

It is not our intention to enter into an extended
critical analysis of Lord Byron's works, as every
reader will be enabled to judge for himself on a peru-
sal of the selection of his " beauties" which form the
present work, and more especially as little can be
said, except what must be couched in the language of
unqualified praise; neither shall we enter into the
question of the infidel or sceptical opinions, on reli.
gious matters which he was said to have entertained
-it is with his life, which is the property of his
kind, that our more immediate business lies.

George Gordon BYRON, (Lord Byron) was the el. dest son of the hon. Captain John Byron* (grandson

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• This man, whose usual soubriquet was Jack Byron, was a “ chartered libertine,” to associate with whom was ruin and disgrace. His life was one unvaried round of irregularity and debauchery. His first wife was the illfated Marchioness of Carmarthen, whom.

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