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In October, 1809, Byron and his good friend, John Cam Hobhouse, were on their way to the monastery at Zitsa in Greece.  They became separated  when Byron stayed behind with the servants and the baggage horses.   After Hobhouse arrived at Zitsa, he did not realize Byron was missing until someone came to report that the horses had fallen and the others had lost their way.  By that time, a horrific thunderstorm was in progress.

Although Byron's servant, Fletcher, and his Greek dragoman were fearing the worst, it seems Byron found it exciting.  He was so inspired that he composed this poem during the storm.  The girl named Florence, represents Mrs. Spencer Smith, whom he had met when his ship docked  in Malta.

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