2008年08月23日

LINES TO LADY HOLLAND.

LINES TO LADY HOLLAND.

LADY, accept the gift a hero wore,
In spite of all this elegiac stuff;
Let not seven stanzas, written by a bore,
Prevent your Ladyship from taking snuff.

'Yet thy heart, methinks,
Was generous, noble--noble in its scorn,
Of all things low or little, nothing there
Sordid or servile. If imagined wrongs
Pursued thee, urging thee sometimes to do
Things long regretted, oft, as many know,
None more than I, thy gratitude would build
On alight foundations.'

And he concludes:--
'Ah: who, among us all,
Could say he had not err'd as much, and more.'

HOW consummately the noble lord must have played the hypocrite, little of hypocrisy as there seemed in his character; yet must he have worn his disguise under his abandonment." --P. E.

These lines were composed on reading in the newspapers an address to Lady Holland, by the Earl of Carliale, persuading her to reject the snuff-box bequeathed to her by Napoleon, beginning:-- "Lady, reject the gift,"etc. --P. E.



Earl of Carliale紙に載せた、ホランド夫人宛てのメッセージ。
機械翻訳いわく、ナポレオンから遺贈されたかぎ煙草入れを断るように、とのこと。

底本:
The complete works of lord Byron ... - Google ブック検索


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