The Works of Lord Byron (ed. Coleridge, Prothero)/Poetry/Volume 3/Hebrew Melodies/If that High World
IF THAT HIGH WORLD.
If that high world, which lies beyond
It must be so: 'tis not for self
- [According to Nathan, the monosyllable "if" at the beginning of the first line led to "numerous attacks on the noble author's religion, and in some an inference of atheism was drawn." Needless to add, "in a subsequent conversation," Byron repels this charge, and delivers himself of some admirable if commonplace sentiments on the "grand perhaps."—Fugitive Pieces, 1829, pp. 5, 6.]
- —— breaking link.—[Nathan, 1815, 1829.]