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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...Will he who swims not to the river run? And men unpractised in exchanging knocks Must go to Jackson f ere they dare to box. Whate'er the weapon, cudgel, fist, or foil, None reach expertness without years of toil Invenies alium, si te hie fastidit Alexin. t Byron's taste for boxing brought him acquainted, at an early period, with this distinguished professor of the pugilistic art: for whom, throughout life, he continued to entertain a sincere regard. In a note to the eleventh canto of Don Juan, he calls him "his old friend, and corporeal pastor and master." But fifty dunces can, with perfect ease, Tag twenty thousand couplets, when they please. Why not?--shall I, thus qualified to sit For rotten boroughs, never show my wit? Shall I, whose fathers with the quorum sate, And lived in freedom on a fair estate; Who left me heir, with stables, kennels, packs, To all their income, and to--twice its tax; Whose form and pedigree have scarce a fault, Shall I, I say, suppress my attic salt? Thus think "the mob of gentlemen;" but you, Besides all this, must have some genius too. Be this your sober judgment, and a rule, And print not piping hot from Southey's school, Who (ere another Thalaba appears), I trust, will spare us for at least nine years. And hark 'ye, Southey! pray--but do n't be vexed--Burn all your last three works--and half the next. Mr. Southey has lately tied another canister to his tail in the "Curse of Kehama," maugre the neglect of Madoc, etc., and has in one instance had a wonderful effect. A literary friend of mine, walking out one lovely evening last summer, on the eleventh bridge of the Paddington canal, was alarmed by the cry of "one in jeopardy:" he rushed along, collected a body of Irish...
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