Don Juan 05-012
Canto the Fifth

But seeing at his elbow a mere lad,
     Of a high spirit evidently, though
At present weigh'd down by a doom which had
     O'erthrown even men, he soon began to show
A kind of blunt compassion for the sad
     Lot of so young a partner in the woe,
Which for himself he seem'd to deem no worse
Than any other scrape, a thing of course.

George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron (1788-1824)