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    From the unsigned review By George Edward Griffiths

    of Hours of Idleness, (1807) in The Monthly Review, November 1807.

    Indications of early capacity whether directed towards literature or the arts, should never be despised nor neglected; since nature thus points out the road which she Seems to intend the youth to travel in his journey through life, and in which she will afford him more potent aid than he would derive from other sources in different pursuits......

    These Compositions are generally of a plaintive or an amatory cast, with an occasional mixture of satire; and they display both ease and strength, both pathos and flre. They sometimes convey the strains of sorrow, occasioned by illness and the crosses in love of the too susceptible youth; and in one instance he laments his own lot, in being denied the solace of the nearest and dearest society,of parent, of brother, and of sister, - with a tenderness and a feeling that are highly creditable.

    We discern in Lord Byron a degree of mental power, and a turn of mental disposition, which render us solicitous that both should be well cultivated and wisely directed, in his career of life. He has received talents and is accountable for the use of them. We trust that he will render them beneficial to man, and a source of real gratification to himself in declining age.

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