Epigraph: Lorenzo: "The moon shines bright - In such a night as this, / When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees, / And they did make no noise; in such a night, / Troilus, methinks, mounted the Trojan walls, / And sigh'd his soul toward the Grecian tents, / Where Cressid lay that night." Jessica: "In such a night, / Did Thisbe fearfully o'er-trip the dew; / And saw the lion's shadow ere himself, / And ran dismay'd away." Merchant of Venice; Act V, Scene I.
Epigraph: "My life, I love thee so!" - Albanian Love Song - 1816. [The epigraph is in Greek, but Jeffery provides Byron's translation in a footnote to the poem.]
Author's note: Bournbank.
The last four stanzas of the poem are 'respectfully and lovingly inscribed' to Eloisa.