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To Mr. Murray, I

by George Gordon Byron, 1881

For Orford 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.

Published in Poetry of Byron

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