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THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 165406 ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

1900,

Dedicatory Bonnet.

Roscoe! wilt thou forgive me, when I claim

Tlus publicly thy friendship, and aspire

After attention to my humble lyre

Beneath the shielter of thy honour'd name?

Pleas'd to encourage, and averse to blame

The meanest votary of the tuneful choir,

Thou wilt not bid me in despair retire,

Though slow my progress in the road to fame.

Whether the simple wreath thus idly twin'd

Shall fade neglected, or regarded blooin

I leave to taste like thine; and if the mind

Which genius and the muses all illume

Deride me not, no puny critic's dart

Shall change my course, or ever reach my

heart.

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advertisement.

These VERSES, to which the Authour presumes

to assign no higher name, nor to affix his own, were written under the impulse of his natural feelings, not

for the gratification of his vanity; and they are now

published at the desire of a few friends, but not in the

hope of interesting the public.

He has therefore had

but a very small impression taken off, for the express

purpose of avoiding the notice of those on whose indul

gence he has no claim.

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