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October 1963

Lord Byron: "The Pilgrim of Eternity": A Commentary—Mostly Medical

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Calgary Associate Clinic Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(4):616-620. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860040212022

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There are some persons in history who fascinated their contemporary world and continue to cast a spell over posterity. Napoleon was one, Byron another. Witness the adjectives Napoleonic and Byronic.

The spell of Byron's name and personality is still with us. Any one who has lived in the Mediterranean world soon realizes that. You come across his name in Portugal, Spain, and Italy, while in Greece he is still revered as a national hero; and at Marathon, Sunium, and in the islands of the Aegean, lines from his poetry echo in the traveller's mind. As he himself said:

I live not in myself, but I become Portion of that around me.

If you reflect a moment, the reason is at once apparent. Byron, the epitome of the eternal romantic, is as strange a tempered and proportioned compound as ever came into this world. He was one of the first of

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