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" Leaf,' and Imagination droops her pinion, And the sad truth which hovers o'er my desk Turns what was once romantic to burlesque. And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'Tis that I may not weep... "
The Works of George Byron: With His Letters and Journals, and His Life - Page 6
by George Gordon Byron Baron Byron - 1836
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The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, Volume 192

1900
...production, ' Don Juan,' he tells us that his ' sere fancy has fallen ' into the yellow leaf : ' — ' And the sad truth which hovers o'er my desk Turns what was once romantic to burlesque.' It was in ' Beppo : a Venetian Story ' that he dropped, for the first time, the weapon of trenchant...
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The works of ... lord Byron, Volumes 9-10

George Gordon N. Byron (6th baron.) - 1821
...mellow, And other minds aknowledged my dominion : Now my sere fancy' ,, falls into the yellow ,,Leaf," and imagination droops her pinion, And the sad truth which hovers o'er my desk IV. And if I laugh at any mortal tiiing, Tis that I may not weep ; and if I \vecp, 'Tis that eur nature...
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Don Juan, Cantos III, IV, and V

George Gordon Byron Baron Byron - Don Juan (Legendary character) - 1821 - 218 pages
...mellow, And other minds acknowledged my dominion : Now my sere fancy ' ' falls into the yellow " Leaf," and imagination droops her pinion, And the sad truth which hovers o'er my desk II. And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'Tis that I may not weep ; and if I weep, Tis that our nature...
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The Investigator (or, Quarterly magazine) [ed. by W.B. Collyer, T ..., Volume 5

William Bengo' Collyer - 1822
...present pleasure by the fear of future punishment, let the following humiliating confession declare. " And if I laugh at any mortal thing, Tis that I may...our nature cannot always bring Itself to apathy." [Ib. Canto IV. Stanza IV.] Such is not the experience of the Christian, who, weeping with those that...
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Don Juan. Cantos i. to v. [by lord Byron].

George Gordon N. Byron (6th baron.) - 1823
...mellow, And other minds acknowledged my dominion : Now my sere fancy " falls into the yellow " Leaf," and imagination droops her pinion, And the sad truth...my desk Turns what was once romantic to burlesque. IV. And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'Tis that I may not weep ; and if I weep, 'Tis that our nature...
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Journal of the Conversations of Lord Byron: Noted During a ..., Volumes 1-2

Thomas Medwin - British - 1824 - 304 pages
...grief, or gladness ! — so it fling " Forgetfulness around me !" Childe Harold, Canto III. Stanza 4. " And if I laugh at any mortal thing, " 'Tis that I...our nature cannot always bring " Itself to apathy" &c. " the habit of sending Hobhouse, to whom I wrote on my " first wedding-day, and continue to write...
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The works of the rt. hon. lord Byron, Volume 7

George Gordon N. Byron (6th baron.) - 1824
...mellow, And other minds acknowledged my dominion: Now my sere fancy " falls into the yellow Leaf," and imagination droops her pinion, And the sad truth...hovers o'er my desk Turns what was once romantic to hurlesque. IV. And if I laugh at any mortal thing, "Tis that I may not weep; and if I weep, 'Tis that...
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Journal of the conversations of lord Byron ... in the years 1821 and 1822

Thomas Medwin - 1824
...or gladness ! — so it fling " Forgetfulness around me !'' C/ii/dc Harold, Canto III. Stanza 4. " And if I laugh at any mortal thing, " 'Tis that I may not wee]) ; — and if I weep,. " drive away the memory of it, and make " me forget. • " I will give...
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Conversations of Lord Byron: Noted During a Residence with His Lordship at ...

Thomas Medwin - England - 1824 - 351 pages
...grief, or gladness !—so it fling Forgetfulness around me.!" Childe Harold, Canto III. Stanza 4. " And if I laugh at any mortal thing, 'Tis that I may not weep;—and if I weep, "Tis that our nature cannot always bring Itself to apathy" &c, Don Juan, Canto...
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Memoirs of the life and writings of lord Byron

George Clinton (biographer of Byron.) - 1825
...the conviction which it has brought him of the uttcr vanity of all things human: And the sad Iruth which hovers o'er my desk Turns what was once romantic...that our nature cannot always bring Itself to apathy, which we must sleep First in the icy depths of Lethe's spring Ere what we least wish to bf.hold will...
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