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Lord Byron to John Murray, 6 July 1821

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“Ravenna, July 6th, 1821.

“In agreement with a wish expressed by Mr. Hobhouse, it is my determination to omit the stanza upon the horse of Semiramis in the Fifth Canto of Don Juan. I mention this, in case you are, or intend to be, the publisher of the remaining Cantos.

“At the particular request of the Contessa G. I have promised not to continue Don Juan. You will therefore look upon these three Cantos as the last of the poem. She had read the two first in the French translation, and never ceased beseeching me to write no more of it. The reason of this is not at first obvious to a superficial observer of foreign manners; but it arises from the wish of all women to exalt the sentiment
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of the passions, and to keep up the illusion which is their empire. Now Don Juan strips off this illusion, and laughs at that and most other things. I never knew a woman who did not protect
Rousseau, nor one who did not dislike De Grammont, Gil Blas, and all the comedy, of the passions, when brought out naturally. But ‘king’s blood must keep word,’ as Serjeant Bothwell says.”