1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Gally Knight

Lord Byron to John Murray, 8 January 1818; Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 4:190-91.



My dear Mr. Murray,
You're in a damned hurry
To set up this ultimate Canto;
But (if they don't rob us)
You'll see Mr. Hobhouse
Will bring it safe in his portmanteau.

For the Journal you hint of,
As ready to print off,
No doubt you do right to commend it;
But as yet I have writ off,
The devil a bit of
Our Beppo; when copied, I'll send it.

In the mean time you've "Galley"
Whose verses all tally,
Perhaps you may say he's a Ninny,
But if you abashed are
Because of Alashtar,
He'll drivel another Phrosine.

Then you've Sotheby's tour,
No great things, to be sure,—
You could hardly begin with a less work;
For the pompous rascallion,
Who don't speak Italian
Nor French, must have scribbled by guess-work....