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Remorse is by no means an unalloyed virtue in Enlightenment usage, as Johnson's definition of it makes clear. Contemporary literary usage had, indeed, suggested that this was a tragic passion. Coleridge's Remorse, which was produced in 1813, represents the passion as a static rankling, and Byron, who had a hand in bringing that tragedy to the stage at Drury Lane, recasts its essential situation into the unavailing grief of Manfred.