Lord Byron

To Mr. Murray (For Oxford And For Waldegrave)

For Oxford and for Waldegrave You give much more than me you gave; Which is not fairly to behave, My Murray. Because if a live dog, ’tis said, Be worth a lion fairly sped, A live lord must be worth two dead, My Murray. And if, as the opinion goes, Verse hath a better sale than prose– Certes, I should have more than those, My Murray. But now this sheet is nearly cramm’d, So, if you will, I shan’t be shamm’d, And if you won’t, you may be damn’d, My Murray.

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