Orphans

On this day in 1824 Lord Byron died at Missolonghi, Greece. Canto 17 of Don Juan was left unfinished – our hero left stranded between past and future. The opening Stanza is poignant. It’s author left a household of orphans. Some flourished, most failed. But all are now consigned to history where they are all immortalised in their own way. To quote:

The World is full of Orphans firstly those
Who are so in the strict sense of the phrase;
But many a lonely tree the loftier grows
Than others, crowded in the Forest’s maze;
The next are such as are not doomed to lose
Their tender parents in their budding days,
But merely their parental tenderness,
Which leaves them Orphans of the Heart no less.
8th May 1823
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Author: crinkum-crankum

Published author. Scriptwriter. Researcher. Designer. Descendant of Giovanni Battista Falcieri. Volunteer at Newstead Abbey. Byron groupie

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