Lord Byron

To Mr. Murray

To hook the reader, you, John Murray, Have publish’d ‘Anjou’s Margaret, Which won’t be sold off in a hurry (At least, it has not been as yet); And then, still further to bewilder em, Without remorse, you set up ‘Ilderim;’ So mind you don’t get into debt, Because as how, if you should fail, These books would he but baddish bail. And mind you do not let escape These rhymes to Morning Post or Parry, Which would be very treacherous–very, And get me into such a scrape! For, firstly, I should have to sally, All in my little boat, against a Galley; And, should I chance to slay the Assyrian wight, Have next to combat with the female knight.

March 25, 1817.

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