Yet once again adieu!


Subscription fund, 1842 – Arc 510.203*F

Of Dardan tours let Dilettanti tell,
I leave topography to rapid GELL;
And, quite content, no more shall interpose
To stun the public ear – at least with Prose.

William Gell (1777-1836). The Topography of Troy, and Its Vicinity (London, 1804).

In 1810 and 1811 Byron would himself visit the scenes described by Gell in this book and its companion, The Geography and Antiquities of Ithaca (1807). While in Athens, Byron wrote Hints from Horace (posthumously published in 1831), the intended sequel to English Bards, and Scotch Reviewers. But it was another long poem he brought back with him to London, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, which established Byron as the leading Romantic poet of his age, all but eclipsing his work as a Popean satirist.