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HOURS OF IDLENESS:

А

SERIES OF POEMS

ORIGINAL AND TRANSLATED. I

Virginibus puerisque canto.

Horace, lib. 3. Ode 1.
Μήτ' ώς με μάλ' ανεε μήτε τι νείκει.

HOMER, Iliad, x. 249.
He whistled as he went, for want of thought.

DRYDEN.

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? [First published in 1807.)

VOL. I.

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[Isabella, daughter of William, fourth Lord Byron (greatgreat uncle of the Poet), became, in 1742, the wife of Henry, fourth Earl of Carlisle, and was the mother of the fifth Earl, to whom this dedication was addressed. This lady was a poetess in her way. The Fairy's Answer to Mrs. Greville's “ Prayer for Indifference,” in Pearch's Collection, is usually ascribed to her.]

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