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A Volume Of Nonsense Post by :skyriders Category :Poems Author :Lord Byron Date :August 2011 Read :1026

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A Volume Of Nonsense

DEAR MURRAY,--

You ask for a "_Volume of Nonsense_,"
Have all of your authors exhausted their store?
I thought you had published a good deal not long since.
And doubtless the Squadron are ready with more.
But on looking again, I perceive that the Species
Of "Nonsense" you want must be purely "_facetious_;"
And, as that is the case, you had best put to press
Mr. Sotheby's tragedies now in M.S.,
Some Syrian Sally
From common-place Gally,
Or, if you prefer the bookmaking of women,
Take a spick and span "Sketch" of your feminine _He-Man_.(1)


Sept. 28, 1820.

FOOTNOTES:

(1) (For Felicia Dorothea Browne (1793-1835), married in 1812 to Captain Hemans, see _Letters_, iii. 368, _note_ 2. In the letter which contains these verses he writes, "I do not despise Mrs. Heman; but if she knit blue stockings instead of wearing them it would be better." Elsewhere he does despise her: "No more _modern_ poesy, I pray, neither Mrs. Hewoman's nor any female or male Tadpole of poet Wordsworth's."--_Ibid._, v. 64.)


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