Byron & Shakespeare

Here are works by Byron & Shakespeare as they appear in the printed book on a 2-page spread, related by the graces of theme & type.

And here is how the two look standing alone, in blog format.

Donna Julia’s Letter to Don Juan by Lord Byron

Man’s love is of man’s life a thing apart,
’Tis woman’s whole existence; man may range
The court, camp, church, the vessel, and the mart;

Sword, gown, gain, glory, offer in exchange
Pride, fame, ambition, to fill up his heart,
And few there are whom these cannot estrange;

Men have all these resources, we but one,
To love again, and be again undone.


Lord Byron, aka George Gordon (1788–1824), was an English poet, peer, politician, and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems, Don Juan, quoted here, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, and the short lyric poem, “She Walks in Beauty.” [from his Wikipedia entry]



Sigh No More, Ladies by William Shakespeare

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh nor more;
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never;

Then sigh not so
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no more
Of dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.

Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey, nonny, nonny.


William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. Like Bob Dylan, he is sometimes referred to as “The Bard.” His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses. [from his Wikipedia entry]


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