Byron Find At UCL

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The BBC informs us this afternoon that “the only known manuscript of a poem by Lord Byron has been found within the archives of University College London.”

During ‘routine cataloguing’ librarian Susan Stead opened a copy of The Pleasures of Memory by Samuel Rogers only to find the manuscript dated 12 April, 1812 containing a 12-line poem that begins “Absent or present still to thee”.

“I just opened the book and there it was,” said Stead with typical librarian pizzazz.

Rumours that the contents of the poem have already lead librarians to a small church in Scotland in search of the Holy Grail are at this time completely unfounded.

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