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1 This lyric is from the first canto of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, published in 1812, when the author was but twenty-four. Byron tells us it " was suggested by Lord Maxwell's Good Night, in the Border Minstrelsy, edited by Mr. Scott."
"Come hither, hither, my little page!1
Why dost thou weep and wail?
Or tremble at the gale?
But dash the tear-drop from thine eye;
"Let winds be shrill, let waves roll high,
1 Robert Rushton, the son of one of Lord Byron's tenants. "I like him," wrote Byron to the lad's mother, "because, like myself, he seems a friendless animal."
"Come hither, hither, my stanch yeoman,1
Why dost thou look so pale?
Or dost thou dread a French foeman? 2
Or shiver at the gale?"-
"My spouse and boys dwell near thy hall,
And when they on their father call,
For who would trust the seeming sighs
Fresh feres will dry the bright blue eyes
For pleasures past I do not grieve,
My greatest grief is that I leave
No thing that claims a tear.1
1 William Fletcher, Byron's faithful valet, who served the poet for twenty
years and was with him when he died at Missolonghi in 1824.
2 Were the French foemen of the English in 1809?
Fere," a consort or companion.
4 Byron wrote to his mother in June, 1809: "The world is all before me,
and I leave England without regret, and without a wish to revisit anything it contains, except yourself."
CHILDE HAROLD'S PILGRIMAGE.
CANTO THE THIRD, STANZAS I-XLVII.2
"Afin que cette application vous forçât de penser à autre chose; il n'y a en vérité de remède que celui-là et le temps. "3-Lettre du Roi de Prusse à D'Alembert, September 7, 1776.
Is thy face like thy mother's, my fair child!
Awaking with a start,
The waters heave around me; and on high The winds lift up their voices: I depart, Whither I know not; but the hour's gone by, When Albion's lessening shores could grieve or glad mine eye.
1 The word "childe," in old poetical usage, means a noble youth, as Childe Waters, Childe Childers. (See Shakespeare's line in Lear, iii. iv., where Edgar sings: "Childe Rowland to the dark tower came.") Byron first called his hero Childe Burun, an early form of his own family name.
2 See Introduction, p. 9, for an account of Cantos I. and II.
3 Translate this French motto, and explain how it applies to Byron's personal history.
4 Augusta Ada Byron (born December 10, 1815) was but five weeks old