Works of Lord Byron; With His Letters and Journals, and His Life Volume 9

Works of Lord Byron; With His Letters and Journals, and His Life Volume 9

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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. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...woes, Is like the Scorpion girt by fire, (') In circle narrowing as it glows, The flames around their captive close, Till inly search'd by thousand throes, And maddening in her ire, One sad and sole relief she knows, The sting she nourish'd for her foes, Whose venom never yet was vain, Gives but one pang, and cures all pain, And darts into her desperate brain; So do the dark in soul expire, Or live like Scorpion girt by fire; (2) So writhes the mind Remorse hath riven, Unfit for earth, undoom'd for heaven, Darkness above, despair beneath, Around it flame, within it death! # (1) Mr. Dallas says, that Lord Byron assured him that the paragraph containing the simile of the scorpion was imagined in his sleep. It forms, therefore, a pendant to the " psychological curiosity," beginning with those exquisitely musical lines: --" A damsel with a dulcimer) In a vision once I saw; It was an Abyssinian maid," &c. The whole of which, Mr. Coleridge says, was composed by him during a siesta.--E. (2) Alluding to the dubious suicide of the scorpion, so placed for experiment by gentle philosophers. Some maintain that the position of the sting, Black Hassan from the Haram flies, Nor bends on woman's form his eyes; The unwonted chase each hour employs, Yet shares he not the hunter's joys. Not thus was Hassan won't to fly When Leila dwelt in his Serai. Doth Leila there no longer dwell? That tale can only Hassan tell: Strange rumours in our city say Upon that eve she fled away When Rhamazan's (') last sun was set, And flashing from each minaret Millions of lamps proclaim'd the feast Of Bairam through the boundless East. 'Twas then she went as to the bath, Which Hassan vainly search'd in wrath; For she was flown her master's rage In likeness of a...
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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236543297
  • 9781236543295