…so Juan knocked him down

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None can say that this was not good advice;
The only mis­chief was it came too late.
Of all expe­ri­ence ‘tis the usu­al price,
A sort of income tax laid on by fate.
Juan had reached the room door in a trice
And might have done so by the gar­den gate,
But met Alfon­so in his dress­ing gown,
Who threat­ened death – so Juan knocked him down.

Image and audio extract © Peter Gal­lagher, 2012

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prospero

Byron fan (not fanatic); poetry lover (not tragic); doctor of melancholia (not gloom).