Though life’s road, so dim and dirty,
I have dragg’d to three-and-thirty.
What have these years left to me?
Nothing – except thirty-three.
Cheer up Lord Byron!
Today you’ve been ‘dragg’d’ to one-and-thirty plus another two hundred more and I’m going to celebrate your birthday with a large slice of this cake inspired by one of your faithful companions Moretto…
To frighten them into capitulation;
A phantasy which sometimes seizes warriors,
Unless they are game as bull-dogs and Fox-terriers
Don Juan (Canto VII Verse 24)