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Hope's Anastasius

Lord Byron, in a conversation with the Countess of Blessington, said

that he wept bitterly over many pages of Anastasius, and for two

reasons: first, that he had not written it; and secondly, that Hope

had; for it was necessary to like a man excessively to pardon his

writing such a book; as, he said, excelling all recent productions, as

much in wit and talent as in true pathos. Lord Byron added, that he

would have given his two most approved poems to have been the author of


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