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Lord Byron to John Murray, 26 April 1814

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“April 26th, 1814.

“I have no guess at your author,—but it is a noble Poem*, and worth a thousand Odes of any body’s. I suppose I may keep this copy;—after reading it, I really regret having written my own. I say this very sincerely, albeit unused to think humbly of myself.

“I don’t like the additional stanzas at all, and they had better be left out. The fact is, I can’t do any thing I am asked to do, however

* A Poem by Mr. Stratford Canning, full of spirit and power, entitled “Buonaparte.” In a subsequent note to Mr. Murray, Lord Byron says:—“I do not think less highly of ‘Buonaparte’ for knowing the author. I was aware that he was a man of talent, but did not suspect him of possessing all the family talents in such perfection.”

548 NOTICES OF THE A. D. 1814.
gladly I would; and at the end of a week my interest in a composition goes off. This will account to you for my doing no better for your ‘Stamp Duty’ Postscript.

The S. R. is very civil—but what do they mean by Childe Harold resembling Marmion? and the next two, Giaour and Bride, not resembling Scott? I certainly never intended to copy him; but, if there be any copyism, it must be in the two Poems, where the same versification is adopted. However, they exempt the Corsair from all resemblance to any thing,—though I rather wonder at his escape.

“If ever I did any thing original, it was in Childe Harold, which I prefer to the other things always, after the first week. Yesterday I re-read English Bards;—bating the malice, it is the best.

“Ever, &c.”