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THE TWO FOSCARI:[1]

AN HISTORICAL TRAGEDY.[2]


"The father softens, but the governor's resolved."—Critic.[3]



  1. [The MS. of The Two Foscari is now in the possession of H.R.H. the Princess of Wales.]
  2. [Begun June the 12th, completed July the 9th, Ravenna, 1821.—Byron MS.]
  3. [Gov. "The father softens—but the governor is fixed."
    Dingle. "Aye that antithesis of persons is a most established figure."—Critic, act ii. sc. 2.

    Byron may have guessed that this passage would be quoted against him, and, by taking it as a motto, hoped to anticipate or disarm ridicule; or he may have selected it out of bravado, as though, forsooth, the public were too stupid to find him out.]