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Note I.—In The Malediction of Minerva (New Monthly Magazine, vol. iii. p. 240) additional footnotes are appended (1) to line 106, recording the obliteration of Lord Elgin's name, "which had been inscribed on a pillar of one of the principal temples," while that of Lady Elgin had been left untouched; and (2) to line 196, giving quotations from pp. 158, 269, 419 of Eustace's Classical Tour in Italy. After line 130, which reads, "And well I know within that murky land" (i.e. Caledonia), the following apology for a hiatus was inserted: "Here follows in the original certain lines which the editor has exercised his discretion by suppressing; inasmuch as they comprise national reflections which the bard's justifiable indignation has made him pour forth against a people which, if not universally of an amiable, is generally of a respectable character, and deserves not in this case to be censured en masse for the faults of an individual."

Note II.—The text of The Curse of Minerva is based on that of the quarto printed by T. Davison in 1813. With the exception of the variants, as noted, the text corresponds with the MS. in the possession of Lord Stanhope. Doubtless it represents Byron's final revision. The text of an edition of The Curse, etc., Philadelphia, 1815, 8vo [printed by De Silver and Co.], was followed by Galignani (third edit., 1818, etc.). The same text is followed, but not invariably, in the selections printed by Hone in 1816 (111 lines); Wilson, 1818 (112 lines); and Knight and Lacy, 1824 (111 lines). It exhibits the following variants from the quarto of 1813:—

56. —— lands and main.
81. Her helm was deep indented and her lance.
94. Seek'st thou the cause? O mortal, look around.
102. That Hadrian ——
116. The last base brute ——
143. Ten thousand schemes of petulance and pride.
152. —— victors o'er the grave.
162. —— Time shall tell the rest.
199. Loathed throughout life—scarce pardon'd in the dust.
203. Erostratus and Elgin, etc.
206. —— viler than the first.
222. Shall shake your usurpation to its base.
233. While Lusitania ——
273. Then in the Senate ——
290. —— decorates his fall.

The following variants may also be noted:—

1. Slow sinks now lovely, etc.—[Hone.]

The Gothic monarch and the British ——.—[H.]
—— and his fit compeer.—[Wilson.]

131. And well I know within that murky land.

Dispatched her reckoning children far and wide.—[H.]
And well I know, albeit afar, the land,
Where starving Avarice keeps her chosen band;
Or sends their hungry numbers eager forth,


And aye accursed, etc.—[W.]