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Lord Byron (1788–1824). Poetry of Byron. 1881.

IV. Satiric

To Mr. Murray, I

FOR Orford and for Waldegrave

You give much more than me you gave;

Which is not fairly to behave,

My Murray.

Because if a live dog, ’tis said,

Be worth a lion fairly sped,

A live lord must be worth two dead,

My Murray.

And if, as the opinion goes,

Verse hath a better sale than prose—

Certes, I should have more than those,

My Murray.

But now this sheet is nearly cramm’d,

So, if you will, I shan’t be shamm’d,

And if you won’t, you may be damn’d,

My Murray.