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Antecedent of a pronoun in Byron's "The Bride of Abydos"

The antecedent of they here is lips. My Peri! – ever welcome here! Sweet, as the desart-fountain’s wave, To lips just cooled in time to save – Such to my longing sight art thou; Nor can they waft to ...
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Meaning of "work me more annoy" in Byron's "The Bride of Abydos"

The relevant senses are: work, v. II.9. transitive. To cause, bring about, produce as a result; to accomplish, achieve, attain. annoy, n. 1. A feeling of discomfort, displeasure, or weariness; ...
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Meaning of "let the old and weary sleep" in Byron's "The Bride of Abydos"

I understand it to mean something like: The morning was shining in such a lovely way that I was unable to sleep, unlike those who are old and tired. But I don't like being alone, so the idea of ...
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Meaning of the word "award" in a stanza of Byron's "The Bride of Abydos"

This is most likely using the archaic meaning of "award" "decision after consideration". That is, the Harem guard is waiting for Giaffir's decision.
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What deeds are emblematized by the cypress and myrtle in Byron’s “The Bride of Abydos”?

Laurel and olive wreathes commemorated deeds of greatness which immortalized their doers through the retelling of their deeds. In contrast, myrtle wreathes were given for "second tier" ...
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Meaning of dashes and "no more" in Byron's "The Bride of Abydos"

Byron’s use of dashes and sentence fragments in this passage helps to convey the agitated state of mind of Giaffir, who has just quarrelled with his (supposed) son Selim, but then “quailed and shrunk ...
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Meaning of "work me more annoy" in Byron's "The Bride of Abydos"

"I very much suspect that one day this wayward boy will give me more trouble." The only definition for annoy as a noun that I can find online is this one - Dictionary.com says "(Archaic)...
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Meaning of "let the old and weary sleep" in Byron's "The Bride of Abydos"

“Let” here means “permit, allow” (OED sense 12). We have to supply some elided words in order to make this a complete sentence, for example, “[although we] let the old and weary sleep, I could not [...
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