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John Herman Merivale : Orlando in Roncesvalles

Byron to John Herman Merivale, [January 1814]: 'I have redde Roncesvaux with very great pleasure ... You have written a very noble poem ... your measure is uncommonly well chosen & wielded [goes on to advise March publication].'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gordon Lord Byron      Manuscript: Unknown


Merivale : On a Laurel, cut down by a Hatchet

From the 1806-1840 Commonplace book of an unknown reader. Transcription of two lines from 'On a Laurel, cut down by a Hatchet. Merivale', beginning 'Oh! where was Phoebus, when the God of arms/ Dared to profane his Daphne's virgin charms.' (unidentified).

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: anon      


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