Today’s birthday is poet Lord Byron’s
Who was forced into leaving Great Britain’s environs.
He wound up in battle for freedom in Greece.
Unfortunately there his existence did cease.
[Joseph Denis Odevaere: Lord Byron on His Deathbed]
[Alexandre-Marie Colin: Byron as Don Juan, with Haidee]
A few of my favorite lines from “Don Juan”:
“What men call gallantry, and gods, adultery,//Is much more common where the climate’s sultry.”
“He learn’d the arts of riding, fencing, gunnery,//And how to scale a fortress—or a nunnery.”
“I’d weep, —but , mine is not a weeping muse.”
“She grew to womanhood, and between whiles//Rejected several suitors, just to learn//How to accept a better in his turn.”