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Napoleon's Snuff-box Post by :miscreed Category :Poems Author :Lord Byron Date :August 2011 Read :2579

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Napoleon's Snuff-box

Napoleon's Snuff-box(1)


LADY, accept the box a hero wore,
In spite of all this elegiac stuff:
Let not seven stanzas written by a bore,
Prevent your Ladyship from taking snuff!


1821.


FOOTNOTES:

(1) (Napoleon bequeathed to Lady Holland a snuff-box which had been given to him by the Pope for his clemency in sparing Rome. Lord Carlisle wrote eight (not seven) stanzas, urging her, as Byron told Medwin, to decline the gift, "for fear that horror and murder should jump out of the lid every time it is opened."--_Conversations_, 1824, p. 362. The first stanza of Lord Carlyle's verses, which _teste_ Medwin, Byron parodied, runs thus--


"Lady, reject the gift! 'tis tinged with gore!
Those crimson spots a dreadful tale relate;
It has been grasp'd by an infernal Power;
And by that hand which seal'd young Enghien's fate."

The snuff-box is now in the jewel-room in the British Museum.)


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Lord Byron's poem: Napoleon's Snuff-Box

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