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Lord Byron to John Murray, 17 September 1817

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“September 17th, 1817.
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Mr. Hobhouse purposes being in England in November; he will bring the Fourth Canto with him, notes and all; the text contains one hundred and fifty stanzas, which is long for that measure.

“With regard to the ‘Ariosto of the North,’ surely their themes, chivalry, war, and love, were as like as can be; and as to the compliment, if you knew what the Italians think of Ariosto, you would not hesitate

* On this paragraph, in the MS. copy of the above letter, I find the following note, in the handwriting of Mr. Gifford: “There is more good sense, and feeling, and judgment in this passage, than in any other I ever read, or Lord Byron wrote.”

148 NOTICES OF THE A. D. 1817.
about that. But as to their ‘measures,’ you forget that Ariosto’s is an octave stanza, and
Scott’s any thing but a stanza. If you think Scott will dislike it, say so, and I will expunge. I do not call him the ‘Scotch Ariosto,’ which would be sad provincial eulogy, but the ‘Ariosto of the North,’ meaning of all countries that are not the South.

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As I have recently troubled you rather frequently, I will conclude, repeating that I am

“Yours ever, &c.”