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LETTERS

AND

JOURNALS OF LORD BYRON.

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AT THE ENGLISH, FRENCH, ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND SPANISH LIBRARY,

NO 18, RUE VIVIENNE.

NOTICES

OF THE

LIFE OF LORD BYRON.

The circumstances under which Lord Byron took leave of England were such as, in the case of ordinary person, could not be considered otherwise 1 disastrous and humiliating. He had, in the cours one short year, gone through every variety of dom misery ;-had seen his hearth eight or nine times faned by the visitations of the law, and been only s from a prison by the privileges of his rank. He alienated, as far as they had ever been his, the affect of his wife; and now, rejected by her, and conden by the world, was betaking himself to an exile w had not even the dignity of appearing voluntary, as excommunicating voice of society seemed to leave no other resource. Had he been of that class of un ing and self-satisfied natures from whose hard su the reproaches of others fall pointless, he might found in insensibility a sure refuge against repro but, on the contrary, the same sensitiveness that him so awake to the applauses of mankind rend him, in a still more intense degree, alive to their sure. Even the strange, perverse pleasure whic

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