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HOURS OF IDLENESS.


8.

That fame, and that memory, still will he cherish;[1]
 He vows that he ne'er will disgrace your renown:
Like you will he live, or like you will he perish;
 When decay'd, may he mingle his dust with your own!

1803.


TO E——[2]

Let Folly smile, to view the names
 Of thee and me, in Friendship twin'd;
Yet Virtue will have greater claims
 To love, than rank with vice combin'd.


And though unequal is thy fate,
 Since title deck'd my higher birth;
Yet envy not this gaudy state,
 Thine is the pride of modest worth.


Our souls at least congenial meet,
 Nor can thy lot my rank disgrace;
Our intercourse is not less sweet,
 Since worth of rank supplies the place.

November, 1802.


  1. the Civil Wars, suffered much for their loyalty, and lost all their present fortunes." (See Life of Lord Byron, by Karl Elze: Appendix, Note (A), p. 436.)]

  2. Your fame, and your memory, still will he cherish.—[4to]
  3. [E—— was, according to Moore, a boy of Byron's own age, the son of one of the tenants at Newstead.]