The Life and Genius of Lord Byron; With Additional Enecodotes and Critical Remarks from Other Publications, to Which Is Prefixed a Sketch on Lord Byron's Death by Sir Walter Scott
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...it would be a most gratuitous attempt to patch that which needs no patching, to revert to them now thlt he lives only in his writings, and in the remembrance of those who never, for one moment, doubted his worth. If, at this period of his history, or indeed at any period of it, Lord Byron could have deigned to join any party, or take up the opinions of any coterie, he would at once have been lauded as its proudest boast and its greatest ornament; but Lord Byron lived and meditated for more countries than one, and for more ages than the present. Had he at any time promised to spare the sins of other men, the guardians of the public morals would have willingly given him any licence to increase his own; but he was resolved to expose the cant and imposition with which he every where met, and like every other man who has attempted this, a clamour, intolerant in proportion as it was without just foundation, was every where raised against him, not only by those who were already wincing undr the exposure, but also by those who dreaded that their own turn might be the next. When the term of his minority had expired, he resolved to improve his knowledge of the earth and of mankind, by travelling abroad; and as the state of the middle and western parts of Europe was such that he could not conscientiously examine them, and as the information which these countries were calculated to afford, was not exactly that which suited the high and poetic turn of his mind, his thoughts were directed to the classic land of the east, to that land and that people, which, to the shame of christian states, amid all their missions of peace and crusades of war, had been allowed to remain under the usurped and grinding dominion of the slaves of Mahomet. Selecting as his...
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