REPLY TO SOME VERSES OF J.M.B.PIGOT, Esq.
ON THE CRUELTY OF HIS MISTRESS.
During the time Byron lived in Southwell (at the age of 18) he became good friends with Elizabeth Pigot and her brother John. Apparently, John confided to Byron of his great romance, and in a letter to Elizabeth in September 1806, Byron wrote:
" . . . Your brother John is seized with a poetic mania, and is now rhyming away at the rate of three lines per hour --- so much for inspiration! . . ."This poem, composed in October of that same year, was in Byron's first edition of Fugitive Pieces. Also, in that edition, was another poem entitled, To the Sighing Strephon. Although the name is different, it seems to be a follow-up to Reply to Some Verses. (I have added it as a link at the end)
Additonal note of interest: In this 1806
version of To the Sighing Strephon, there is a complete Stanza (No.
8) that is not in later publications.
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