Don Juan 04-080
Canto the Fourth


He saw some fellow captives, who appear'd
 To be Italians, as they were in fact;
From them, at least, their destiny he heard,
 Which was an odd one; a troop going to act
In Sicily (all singers, duly rear'd
 In their vocation) had not been attack'd
In sailing from Livorno by the pirate,
But sold by the impresario at no high rate.

George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron (1788-1824)