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Without being forced to bid my groom be sure My cloak is round his middle strapp'd about,
Because the skies are not the most secure; I know too that, if stopp'd upon my route,
Where the green alleys windingly allure, Reeling with grapes red waggons choke the way, In England 't woud be dung, dust, or a dray.
(Although, God knows, it is a grievous sin,) 'T is, I may say, permitted to have two men ;
I can't tell who first brought the custom in,
And no one notices, nor cares a pin ;
But that is now grown vulgar and indecent;
For the same mode subsists in Spain, though recent; In short it reaches from the Po to Teio,
And may perhaps at last be o'er the sea sent. But Heaven preserve Old England from such courses ! Or what becomes of damage and divorces ?
XLIII. I also like to dine on becaficas,
To see the Sun set, sure he 'll rise to-morrow, Not through a misty morning twinkling weak as
A drunken man's dead eye in maudlin sorrow, But with all Heaven t'himself; that day will break as
Beauteous as cloudless, nor be forced to borrow That sort of farthing candlelight which glimmers Where reeking London's smoky caldron simmers.
To the fair single part of the Creation,
In tête-à-tête or general conversation And this I say without peculiar reference
To England, France, or any other nation Because they know the world, and are at ease, And being natural, naturally please.
Which melts like kisses from a female mouth,
With syllables which breathe of the sweet South, And gentle liquids gliding all so pat in,
That not a single accent seems uncouth, Like our harsh northern whistling, grunting guttural, Which we're obliged to hiss, and spit, and sputter all
XXXIX. 'Tis true, your budding Miss is very charming,
But shy and awkward at first coming out, So much alarm'd, that she is quite alarming,
All Giggle, Blush; half Pertness, and half Pout;
From the rich peasant-cheek of ruddy bronze, And large black eyes that flash on you a volley
Of rays that say a thousand things at once, To the high dama's brow, more melancholy,
But clear, and with a wild and liquid glance, Heart on her lips, and soul within her eyes, Soft as her climes, and sunny as her skies.
I Cortejo is pronounced Corteho, with an aspirate, accord. ing to the Arabesque guttural. It means what there is as yet no precise name for in England, though the practice is as common as in any tramontane country whatever.
2 " From the tall peasant with her ruddy bronze."- MS.) 3 [* Like her own clime, all sun, and bloom, and skies."
MS.) * C" In these lines the author rises above the usual and
Italian beauty ! didst thou not inspire
With all we know of Heaven, or can desire, In what he hath bequeath'd us ?-in what guise,
Though flashing from the fervour of the lyre, Would words describe thy past and present glow, While yet Canova can create below ? 2
XLVII. “ England! with all thy faults I love thee still,"
I said at Calais, and have not forgot it; I like to speak and lucubrate my fill;
I like the government (but that is not it); I like the freedom of the press and quill;
I like the Habeas Corpus (when we've got it); I like a parliamentary debate, Particularly when 't is not too late ;
(A broken Dandys lately on my travels) And take for rhyme, to hook my rambling verse on,
The first that Walker's Lexicon unravels, And when I can't find that, I put a worse on,
Not caring as I ought for critics' cavils; I've half a mind to tumble down to prose, But verse is more in fashion - so here goes.
LIII. The Count and Laura made their new arrangement,
Which lasted, as arrangements sometimes do, For half a dozen years without estrangements
They had their little differences, too;
In such affairs there probably are few
I like a seacoal fire, when not too dear;
Have no objection to a pot of beer;
That is, I like two months of every year.
As happy as unlawful love could make them;
break them :
The pious only wish'd “the devil take them!"
Poor's rate, Reform, my own, the nation's debt, Our little riots just to show we are free men,
Our trifling bankruptcies in the Gazette,
All these I can forgive, and those forget,
Digression is a sin, that by degrees
And, therefore, may the reader too displease – The gentle reader, who may wax unkind,
And caring little for the author's ease, Insist on knowing what he means, a hard And hapless situation for a bard.
LV. But they were young: Oh! what without our youth
Would love be! What would youth be without love! Youth lends it joy, and sweetness, vigour, truth,
Heart, soul, and all that seems as from above; But, languishing with years, it grows uncouth
One of few things experience don't improve, Which is, perhaps, the reason why old fellows Are always so preposterously jealous.
What should be easy reading! could I scale Parnassus, where the Muses sit inditing
Those pretty poems never known to fail,
Some six and thirty stanzas back, and so
Which you do when your mind's made up to go To-night t) Mrs. Boehm's masquerade,
Spectator, or partaker in the show; The only difference known between the cases Is — here, we have six weeks of " varnish'd faces."
appropriate pitch of his composition, and is betrayed into something too like enthusiasm and deep feeling for the light and fantastic strain of his poetry. Neither does the fit go off, for he rises quite into rapiure in the succeeding stanza. This is, however, the only slip of the kind in the whole work the only passage in which the author hetrays the secret (which might, however, have been suspected) of his own genius, and his atfinity to a higher order of poets than those to whom he has here been pleased to hold out a model." JEFFREY.)
1 For the received accounts of the cause of Raphael's death, see his lives. * Note. - (In talking thus, the writer, more especially
Of women, would be understood to say,
And always, reader, in a modest way;
Perhaps, too, in no very great degree shall be
Appear to have offended in this lay,
(Signed) PRINTER'S DEVIL, 3 [" The expressions blue-stocking' and ' dandy'may furnish matter for the learning of a commentator at some future period. At this moment, every English reader will understand them. Our present ephemeral dandy is akin to the maccaroni of my earlier days. The first of those expressions has become classical, by Mrs. Hannah More's poem of BasBleu,' and the other by the use of it in one of Lord Byron's poems. Though now become familiar and trite, their day may not be long.
A pretty woman as was ever seen,
Or frontispiece of a new Magazine, With all the fashions which the last month wore,
Colour'd, and silver paper leaved between
Where people dance, and sup, and dance again; Its proper name, perhaps, were a masqued ball,
But that's of no importance to my strain ; 'T is (on a smaller scale) like our Vauxhall,
Excepting that it can't be spoilt by rain :
Yourself and friends, and half a hundred more, Whom you may bow to without looking grave,
The rest are but a vulgar set, the bore Of public places, where they basely brave
The fashionable stare of twenty score Of well-bred persons, callid “the Ilorld;" but I, Although I know them, really don't know why.
During the dynasty of Dandies ', now
Of imitated imitators: – how
The demagogues of fashion : all below
Who knock'd his army down with icy hammer,
A blundering novice in his new French grammar; Good cause had be to doubt the chance of war,
And as for Fortune - but I dare not d-n her,
She gives us luck in lotteries, love, and marriage ; I cannot say that she's done much for me yet;
Not that I mean her bounties to disparage, We've not yet closed accounts, and we shall see yet
How much she 'll make amends for past miscarriage; Meantime the goddess I'll no more importune, Unless to thank her when she's made my fortune.
"C" I liked the Dandics : they were always very civil to me; though, in general, they disliked literary people, and persecuted and mystified Madame de Stael, Lewis, Horace Twiss, and the like. The truth is, that though I gave up the business early, I had a tinge of Dandyism in my minority, and probably retained enough of it to conciliate the great ones ac four and twenty." — Byron Diary, 1821.)
? [" When Brummell was obliged to retire to France, he knew no French, and having obtained a grammar for the purpose of study, our friend Scrope Davies was asked what progress Brummell had made in French: he responded, 'that Brummell had been stopped, like Buonaparte in Russia, by the elements. I have put this pun into Beppo, which is a fair
This story slips for ever through my fingers,
It needs must be — and so it rather lingers; This form of verse began, I can't well break it,
But must keep time and tune like public singers;
To which I mean to go myself to-morrow,
Because I'm rather hippish, and may borrow Some spirits, guessing at what kind of face
May lurk beneath each mask; and as my sorrow Slackens its pace sometimes, I'll make, or find, Something shall leave it half an hour behind.)
Smiles in her eyes, and simpers on her lips;
To some she curtsies, and to some she dips, Complains of warmth, and this complaint avowl,
Her lover brings the lemonade, she sips;
A third-where did she buy that frightful turban ? A fourth 's so pale she fears she's going to faint,
A fifth's look 's vulgar, dowdyish, and suburban, A sixth's white silk has got a yellow taint.
A seventh's thin muslin surely will be her bane, And lo! an eighth appears, — "I'll see no more !" For fear, like Banquo's kings, they reach a score.
Others were levelling their looks at her ;
And, till 't was done, determined not to stir ; The women only thought it quite amazing
That, at her time of life, so many were
Why naughty women - but I won't discuss
I only don't see why it should be thus; And if I were but in a gown and band,
Just to entitle me to make a fuss, I'd preacb on this till Wilberforce and Romilly Should quote in their next speeches from my homily.
exchange and no robbery ;' for Scropc made his fortune at several dinners (as he owned himself), by repeating occasion. ally, as his own, some of the buffoonerics with which I had encountered him in the morning.” — Byron Diary 1821.)
(" Like Sylla, I have always believed that all things de. pend upon Fortune, and nothing upon ourselves. I am not aware of any one thought or action, worthy of being called good to myself or others, which is not to be attributed to the good goddess – Fortune!" — Byron Diary, 1821. ) *(!n the margin of the original MS. Lord Byron has written
January 19th, 1818. To-morrow will be a Sunday, and full Ridotto."]
Talking, she knew not why and cared not what, So that her female friends, with envy broiling,
Beheld her airs and triumph, and all that ; And well-dress'd males still kept before her filing,
And passing bow'd and mingled with her chat; More than the rest one person seem'd to stare With pertinacity that's rather rare.
And Laura saw him, and at first was glad,
Although their usage of their wives is sad; 'Tis said they use no better than a dog any
Poor woman, whom they purchase like a pad : They have a number, though they ne'er exhibit 'em, Four wives by law, and concubines “ ad libitum."
LXXI. They lock them up, and veil, and guard them daily,
They scarcely can behold their male relations, So that their moments do not pass so gaily
As is supposed the case with northern nations ; Confinement, too, must make them look quite palely;
And as the Turks abhor long conversations,
Nor write, and so they don't affect the muse;
Have no romances, sermons, plays, reviews, In harams learning soon would make a pretty schism!
But luckily these beauties are no “ Blues," No bustling Botherbys have they to show 'em " That charming passage in the last new poem."
Men of the world, who know the world like men, Scott, Rogers, Moore, and all the better brothers,
Who think of something else besides the pen , But for the children of the “mighty mother's,"
The would-be wits and can't-be gentlemen,
Have none of these instructive pleasant people,
Unknown as bells within a Turkish steeple ;
(Though best-sown projects very often reap ill)
No metaphysics are let loose in lectures,
Religious novels, moral tales, and strictures Upon the living manners, as they pass us ;
No exhibition glares with annual pictures ;
I have my reasons, you no doubt suppose,
I'll keep them for my life (to come) in prose; I fear I have a little turn for satire,
And yet methinks the older that one grows Inclines us more to laugh than scold, though laugoter Leaves us so doubly serious shortly after.
Ye happy mixtures of more happy days !
Abominable Man no more allays
I love you both, and both shall have my praise.
Less in the Mussulman than Christian way,
And while I please to stare, you 'l please to stay." Could staring win a woman, this had won her,
But Laura could not thus be led astray ;
A turn of time at which I would advise
In any other kind of exercise,
The ball-room ere the sun begins to rise,
Who baving angled all his life for fame,
Still fussily keeps fishing on, the same Small “ Triton of the minnows," the sublime
Of mediocrity, the furious tame, The echo's echo, usher of the school Of female wits, boy bards — in short, a fool !
The approving“ Good!” (by no means coop in law) Humming like flies around the newest blaze,
The bluest of bluebottles you e'er saw, Teasing with blame, excruciating with praise,
Gorging the little fame he gets all raw, Translating tongues he knows not even by letter, And sweating plays so middling, bad were better.
In foolscap uniforms turn'd up with ink,
One don't know what to say to them, or think, Unless to puff them with a pair of bellows;
Of coxcombry's worst coxcombs e'en the pink Are preferable to these shreds of paper, These unquench'd snuffings of the midnight taper.
" [Yothing can be cleverer than this caustic little diatribe, introduced a propos of the life of Turkish ladies in their harams. – JEFFREY.]
XC. I 've seen some balls and revels in my time,
She said, - what could she say? Why, not a word : And stay'd them over for some silly reason,
But the Count courteously invited in And then I look'd (I hope it was no crime)
The stranger, much appeased by what be heard : To see what lady best stood out the season ;
“ Such things, perhaps, we'd best discuss within," And though I've seen some thousands in their prime, Said he; “ don't let us make ourselves absurd
Lovely and pleasing, and who still may please on, In public, by a scene, nor raise a din, I never saw but one (the stars withdrawn)
For then the chief and only satisfaction Whose bloom could after dancing dare the dawn. Will be much quizzing on the whole transaction." LXXXIV.
XCI. The name of this Aurora I 'll not mention,
They enter'd, and for coffee call'd - it came, Although I might, for she was nought to me
A beverage for Turks and Christians both, More than that patent work of God's invention,
Although the way they make it's not the same. A charming woman, whom we like to see ;
Now Laura, much recover'd, or less loth But writing names would merit reprehension,
To speak, cries “ Beppo ! what's your pagan name? Yet if you like to find out this fair she,
Bless me! your beard is of amazing growth! At the next London or Parisian ball
And how came you to keep away so long ?
Are you not sensible 't was very wrong?
With any other women did you wive ?
Well, that's the prettiest shawl - as I'm alive! And they the room were on the point of quitting, You 'll give it me? They say you eat no pork. When lo ! those cursed gondoliers had got
And how so many years did you contrive Just in the very place where they should not.
To-Bless me ! did I ever ? No, I never
Saw a man grown so yellow! How 's your liver ? LXXXVI. In this they 're like our coachmen, and the cause
XCIII. Is much the same, the crowd, and pulling, hauling, “Beppo! that beard of yours becomes you not ; With blasphemies enough to break their jaws,
It shall be shaved before you 're a day older: They make a never intermitting bawling.
Why do you wear it? Oh! I had forgot At home, our Bow-street gemmen kcep the laws, Pray don't you think the weather here is colder ?
And here a sentry stands within your calling; How do I look! You shan't stir from this spot But for all that, there is a deal of swearing,
In that queer dress, for fear that some beholder And nauseous words past mentioning or bearing. Should find you out, and make the story known.
How short your hair is ! Lord ! how grey it's grown !" LXXXVII. The Count and Laura found their boat at last,
XCIV. And homeward floated o'er the silent tide,
Wbat answer Beppo made to these demands Discussing all the dances gone and past ;
Is more than I know.
He was cast away The dancers and their dresses, too, beside;
About where Troy stood once, and nothing stands; Some little scandals eke : but all aghast
Became a slave of course, and for his pay (As to their palace stairs the rowers glide)
Had bread and bastinadoes, till some bands Sate Laura by the side of her Adorer, '
Of pirates landing in a neighbouring bay, When lo ! the Mussulman was there before her.
He join'd the rogues and prosper'd, and became LXXXVIII.
A renegado of indifferent fame. “ Sir," said the Count, with brow exceeding grave,
XCV. “ Your unexpected presence here will make
But he grew rich, and with his riches grew so It necessary for myself to crave
Keen the desire to see his home again, Its import? But perhaps 'tis a mistake;
He thought himself in duty bound to do so, I hope it is so; and, at once to wave
And not be always thieving on the main; All compliment, I hope so for your
Lonely he felt, at times, as Robin Crusoe, You understand my meaning, or you shall."
And so he hired a vessel come from Spain,
Bound for Corfu : she was a fine polacca,
Mann'd with twelve hands, and laden with tobacco. “ That lady is my wife !" Much wonder paints The lady's changing cheek, as well it right;
XCVI. But where an English woman sometimes faints,
Himself, and much (heaven knows how gotten !) cash, Italian females don't do so outright;
He then embark'd with risk of life and limb, They only call a little on their saints,
And got clear off, although the attempt was rash; And then come to themselves, almost or quite ;
He said that Providence protected himWhich saves much hartshorn,salts,and'sprinkling faces,
For my part, I say nothing, lest we clash And cutting stays, as usual in such cases.
In our opinions :— well, the ship was trinn,
Set sail, and kept her reckoning fairly on, . (" Sate Laura with a kind of comic horror." – MS.]
Except three days of calm when off Cape Boon.