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With Illustrations Displaying Byron's Most Authentic Portraits and the Likenesses of his

Family and Friends.



Bistorical and other Notes
, fully Leplanatory of the Text


A *tu Edition.


By Kay, Westall, Harlowe, Saunders, Stone, Finden, and other Artists.



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THE gratifying success of the “Avon” edition of Shakespeare's works, and the

constant public demand ever since for a continuance of this series of the Octavo Poets, has encouraged the publishers to bring out the present volume as the “Newstead Edition ” of the Complete Works of Lord Byron.

In pursuance of the endeavor to issue a volume that will be most acceptable to American readers of the great poet—whose lot it was to be misunderstood during his life and misrepresented after his death—much fresh and interesting matter, appearing in no other edition of Byron's works, has been incorporated into the “Life” and the Notes, and many facts have been taken from publications printed during the present year. The portraits of Byron, his relatives and friends, which appear in the Life, have been selected with great care from family paintings or original miniatures. They are believed to be thoroughly reliable and authentic. In nearly every case the name of the artist is given with the picture.

While the text of the latest and best English editions has been followed, and the descriptive and historical notes of Lord Byron have been retained, the ponderous opinions of contemporaneous English reviewers have been eliminated; the American reader being abundantly able to draw his own conclusions of the merits of the poems without assistance from the literary critics of more than

half a century ago.

The typographic arrangement of the “Avon Shakespeare” has been followed in the present volume—the Indexing of the contents of each page in verse, canto, scene, and act at the page-head, and the use of bold-faced type through the dramas; the use of which enables the student to see at a glance the salient points

of the play.

In preparing the Alphabetical Index, the effort has been made to render that portion of the work exceedingly clear, both in typographical arrangement and the comprehensiveness of the references to the text. Acknowledgments are here Tendered to Messrs. Harper & Brothers, and to Messrs. James R. Osgood & Co., for courteous permission to use matter of Prof. Nichol's “ Byron” and Jeaffreson's “ The Real Lord Byron.”


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Born, in Holles Street, London

Jan. 22. Taken by his mother to Aberdeen

2 Bucceeds to the family title.-Made a ward of chancery. - Removed from Aberdeen to Newstead Abbey.

10 Placed under the care of an empiric at Nottingham for the cure of his lameness

May 19. Removed to London, and placed under care of Dr.

11 Baillie.-Becomes pupil of Dr. Glennie at Dulwich Is sent to Harrow School

12 Passes the vacation at Nottingham and Annesley.

15 And forms an attachment to Miss Chaworth Leaves Harrow for Trinity College, Cambridge

17 Oct. Prepares a collection of his Poems for the press


18 Prints a volume of his Poems; but, at the entreaty of

Nov. a friend, destroys the edition Publishes “Hours of Idleness."-Begins an epic,


Mar. entitled “ Bosworth Field."-Writes part of a novel Oct. Passes his time between the dissipations of Cambridge

Jan. and London.--Takes up his residence at Newstead. Forms design of visiting India.-Engaged in prepar

Sept. ing“ English Bards and Scotch Reviewers” for prese His coming of age celebrated at Newstead.

Jan. 22. Ta his seat in the House of Lords.

Mar. 13. Issues English Bards and Scotch Reviewers" Mar. 16. Engaged in preparing a second edition of “English Bards" for the press

May. Leaves London on his travels, with Mr. Hobhouse June 11. Writes, on board the Lisbon packet, “Huzza! Hodg. son, we are going!'

June 30. Sails from Falmouth.-7. Lands ai Lisbon.–17. Leaves Lisbon for Seville and Cadiz

July 2. Arrives at Gibraltar.–19. Takes his departure for Malta

Aug. 6. Lands at Malta.-14. Writes “As o'er the cold sepul. chral stone."-"Oh, Lady! when I left the shore."

-21. Leaves Malta.--29. Lands at Previsa Proceeds to Solara, Arta, Joannina.-9. Leaves Joan: nina for Zitza. --Composes, during a thunder-storm, "Chill and mirk is the nightly blast.”—11. Reaches Tepaleen.-12. Introduced to Ali Pacha.–26. Returns

to Joannina.-31, Begins 1st canto “Childe Harold " Oct. 1. Proceeds by sea to Previsa.–10. Driven on the coast

of Suli.-12. Writes, in passing the Ambracian gulf, " Through cloudless skies, in silvery sheen."-13. Saiis down the gulf of Arta.-14. Reaches Utraikey. -15. Traverses Acarnania.-21. Reaches Missolonghi.-And, 25. Patras

Nov. 3. Leaves Patras.--14. Passes across the gulf of Lepanto.

-18. Visits Mount Parnassus. Castri, and Delphi.22. Thebes.-25. Arrives at Athens

Dec. 4. Spends ten weeks visiting the monuments of Athens: making occasional excursions to several parts of Attica.-Writes “ The spell is broke, the charm is

Feb. flown!"_"Lines in the Travellers' Book at Orcho

menus."-And "Maid of Athens, ere we part." Leaves Athens for Smyrna. – 7. Visits the ruins of

Ephesus.-28. Concludes, at Smyrna, the second canto of Childe Harold

Mar, 5. Leaves Smyrna for Constantinople.- Visits the Troad Writes “Lines after swimming from Sestos to Abydos.”—14. Arrives at Constantinople

May 9. Makes an excursion through the Bosphorus to the Black Sea and Cyanean Symplegades

June. Departs from Constantinople.-19. Reaches Athens. - Visits Corinth

July 14. Makes a tour of the Moren, and visits Vely Pacha.

(Aug. Returns to Athens


Oct. Takes up his residence at the Franciscan Convent,

Athens.-Writes “ Dear object of defeated care! Writes “Sons of the Greeks, arise!"--"I enter thy gar

Jan. den of roses."-And “Remarks on the Romaic or

Feb. Modern Greek Language". Writes " Hints from Horace.':_-17. . The curse of Minerva."-And Lines on Parting.”

Mar. 12. Leaves Athens for Malta.-16. Writes “Epitaph for 23

Joseph Blackett."-And, 26. “Farewell to Malla" May. Returns to England

July. Death of his mother

Aug. 1. Writes Epistle to a friend, “Oh! banish care-such

ever be."'--And Stanzas to Thryza, “Without a stone to mark the spot"

Oct. 11. Writes " Away, away. ye notes of woe!"

Dec. 6. Writes "One struggle more and I am free.'' _ When

time, or soon or late, shall bring.”—“And thou art dead, as young as fair"

Jan. Makes his first speech in the House of Lords.-29. Pub: lishes the two first cantos of “Childe Harold"

Feb. 27. Commits a new edition of “ English Bards," etc., to the

flames.-Writes“ If sometimes in the haunts of men.'
"On a Cornelian Heart which was broken."_" Lines 24
to a Lady weeping."-And "The Chain

I gave
Writes “Lines on å blank leaf of The Pleasures of

Apr. 19. Writes " Address on the Opening of Drury Lane Thea- Sept.

tre."-" The Waltz; an Apostrophic Hymn.”—“A Oct. Parenthetical Address by Dr. Plagiary."" Address Nov. to Time."-" Thou art not false, but thou art fickle Writes “Remember him whom passion's power"

Jan. Publishes "The Waltz" anonymously

Mar. Publishes « The Giaour" Projects a journey to Abyssinia

July. Writes "When from the Heart where Sorrow sits," Sept.

1788 Is an unsuccessful suitor for the hand of Miss Milbanke 1790 Publishes “The Bride of Abydos."'--13. Writes

“The Devil's Drive."-17. And Two Sonnets to

Genevra."-18. Begins “The Corsair."–31. Finishes 1798 “The Corsair”

Writes • Windsor Poetics';

Writes "Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte."-Resolves to 1799 write no more poetry, and to suppress all he had

ever written . 1800 Begins Lara."--writes “I speak not, I trace not.”—

Ånd “Address to be recited at the Caledonian Meet1803

ing."-Publishes “ Lara."-Writes “Condolatory 1805 Verses to Lady Jersey.”—Makes a second proposal

for the hand of Miss Milbanke, and is accepted.

Writes “Elegy on the Death of Sir Peter Parker." 1806

“Lines to Belshazzar."-And “Hebrew Melodies."

Marries Miss Milbanke. 1807

Writes “There be none of Beauty's Daughters.'

"Lines on Napoleon Bonaparte's Escape from Elba."

Begins "The Siege of Corinth."—Writes “There's not 1808 & Joy the World can give."

."'_-“We do not curse thee, Waterloo."-"Must thou go, my glorious Chief?"'"Star of the Brave." -And Napoleon's Farewell" Publishes “ The Siege of Corinth._. Parisina.

-Lady Byron resolves on separating from him
Writes • Fare thee well! and it for ever."-And, 29. A

Sketch, "Born in the garret".
Writes “When all around grew drear and dark." --25.

Takes a last leave of his native country.- Proceeds, through Flanders and by the Rhine, to Switzerland Begins the third canto of "Childe Harold."-Writes

«i The Prisoner of Chillon" at Ouchy, near Lausanne.-Resides at Campagne Diodati, near Geneva. -Finishes third canto of Childe Harold."-Writes

“Monody on the Death of Sheridan."-Stanzas to 1809

Augusta,“ Though the Day of my Destiny."-" The
Dream." -"Darkness." -"Churchill's Grave."
“ Prometheus."-"Could I remount."- Epistle to Au-
gusta, “ My sister, my sweet sister." —And “Sonnet to
Lake Leman.”—Makes a tour of the Bernese Alps.
Writes “ Lines on hearing that Lady Byron was ill."
-Begins “Manfred."- Leaves Switzerland for Italy.
-Resides at Venice.- Translates “Romance Muy
Doloroso," etc.; and “Sonetto di Vittorelli."-Writes
"Lines on the Bust of Helen by Canova.”—“Bright be
the Place of thy Soul.”--And “They say that Home
is Happiness."-Studies the Armenian language
Finishes “Manfred."-Translates, from the Arme-
nian, a Correspondence between Saint Paul and the
Corinthians. - - Visits Ferrara for a day. - Writes
* The Lament of Tasso.'_Visits Rome for a few
days.-Writes there a new third act to “Manfred."

-Begins, at Venice, the fourth canto of “Childe
Harold."—Writes - Beppo."
Writes “ Ode on Venice"
Finishes the first canto of si Don Juani,
Finishes “Mazeppa

Begins the second canto of “Don Juan 1810

Finishes the second canto of “Don Juan"
Becomes acquainted with the Countess Guiccioli.

Writes “Stanzas to the Po"-"Letter to the Editor
of My Grandmother's Review."-And “Sonnet to
George the Fourth."--Finishes the third and fourth

cantos of " Don Juan."-Removes to Ravenna
Is domesticated with the Countess Guiccioli
Translates the first canto of " Morgante Maggiore"
Writes "The Prophecy of Dante."— Translates “ Fran-

cesca of Rimini."-And writes “ Observations upon

an Article in Blackwood's Magazine
Begins “Marino Faliero"
Finishes " Marino Faliero »
Begins the fifth canto of “ Don Juan
Finishes the fifth canto of “ Don Juan." And writes

“The Blues; a Literary Eclogue"

Begins “Sardanapalus" 1811 Writes " Letter to John Murray, Esq., on Bowles's

Strictures upon Pope"
Writes " Second Letter to John Murray, Esq.," etc.
Finishes “Sardanapalus”
Begins "The Two Foscari"
Finishes - The Two Foscari.”—16. Begins "Cain; a

Finishes « Cain.'-And Vision of Judgmont
Writes “Heaven and Earth; a Mystery."-At Pisa.

-Begins"Werner."-"The Deformed Transformed"
Finishes Werner
Writes the sixth, seventh, and eighin cantos ori Don
- Finishes "The Deformed

Transformed."-Writes the ninth, tenth, and eleventh

cantos of “Don Juan."--Removes to Genoa 1812 Writes The Age of Bronze."_" The Island. ,_

And cantos of “Don Juan,'-Turns his views towards Greece. - Receives a communication from

the Greek Committee sitting in London Sails for Greece Reaches Argostoli.- Makės in excursion to Tiháca.-

Waits at Cephalonia the arrival of the Greek fleet Arrives at Missolonghi.-22. Writes “Lines on complet

ing my Thirty-sixth Year."--30. Is appointed com

mander-in-chief of an expedition against Lepanto 1813 Is seized with a convulsive fit

His last illness






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