Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Christmas Advice from Lord Byron

Drunkenness
I would to heaven that I were so much clay,
As I am blood, bone, marrow, passion, feeling--
Because at least the past were passed away--
And for the future--(but I write this reeling,
Having got drunk exceedingly today,
So that I seem to stand upon the ceiling)
I say--the future is a serious matter--
And so--for God's sake--hock and soda-water!
(Fragment on the back of the Poet's MS. of Don Juan, Canto 1)

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3 comments:

  1. Given the miserable mess Lord Byron's personal life was why would anyone want to take his advice? LOL

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  2. Um, Peter, what is the message?

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  3. "Um, Peter, what is the message?"

    "...the future is a serious matter--
    And so--for God's sake--hock and soda-water!"

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