The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 1/Damætas
In law an infant, and in years a boy,
- [Moore appears to have regarded these lines as applying to Byron himself. It is, however, very unlikely that, with all his passion for painting himself in the darkest colours, he would have written himself down "a hypocrite." is, probably, a satirical sketch of a friend or acquaintance. (Compare the solemn denunciation of Lord Falkland in English Bards, and Scotch Reviewers, lines 668-686.)]
- In law, every person is an infant who has not attained the age of twenty-one.