Excerpts from Famous Love Letters: Lord Byron

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Famous Love Letters: Lord Byron

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron,  commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was a British poet and a leading figure in Romanticism. Some of  Byron’s best-known works are the  poems She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted, and So, we’ll go no more a roving. He is thought to be one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.

Byron was celebrated in life for aristocratic excesses including huge debts, numerous love affairs, and self-imposed exile. He was famously described by Lady Caroline Lamb as “mad, bad and dangerous to know”.

Here are some quotes from his letters:

If all that I have said and done, and am still but too ready to say and do, have not sufficiently proved what my real feelings are and must be ever towards you, my love, I have no other proof to offer.

My Dearest & Most Beloved Friend

Bless you — ever & even more than ever.

Your most attached

Is there anything on earth or heaven would have made me so happy as to have made you mine long ago? and not less now than then, but more than ever at this time — you know I would with pleasure give up all here and all beyond the grave for you –

I was and am yours, freely and most entirely, to obey, to honour, love –and fly with you when, where, and how you yourself might and may determine.

November 16, 1814

My Heart –

We are thus far separated – but after all one mile is as bad as a thousand – which is a great consolation to one who must travel six hundred before he meets you again. If it will give you any satisfaction – I am as comfortless as a pilgrim with peas in his shoes – and as cold as Charity – Chastity or any other Virtue.

Lord Byron, English poet, to Annabella Milbanke, his future wife.

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