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HOURS OF IDLENESS.

8.

Then quit her, my friend!
Your bosom defend,
Ere quite with her snares you're beset:
Lest your deep-wounded heart,
When incens'd by the smart,
Should lead you to curse the coquette.

October 27, 1806.[1]


GRANTA. A MEDLEY.

Ἀργυρέαις λόγχαισι μάχου καὶ πάντα κρατήσεις.[2]

[Reply of the Pythian Oracle to Philip of Macedon.]

1.

Oh! could Le Sage's[3] demon's gift
Be realis'd at my desire,
This night my trembling form he'd lift
To place it on St. Mary's spire.[4]


  1. Byron, October 27, 1806.—[4to]
  2. [The motto was prefixed in Hours of Idleness. ("Fight with silver spears" (i.e. with bribes), "and thou shalt prevail in all things.")]
  3. The Diable Boiteux of Le Sage, where Asmodeus, the demon, places Don Cleofas on an elevated situation, and unroofs the houses for inspection. [Don Cleofas, clinging to the cloak of Asmodeus, is carried through the air to the summit of S. Salvador.]
  4. And place it.—[4to]