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EPISTLES, ODES,

AND

OTHER POEMS.

TANTI NON ES, AIS. SAPIS, LUPERCE.

Martial, Lib. i. Epig. 118.

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ΠΕΡΙΠΛΕΥΣΑΙ ΜΕΝ ΠΟΛΛΑΣ ΠΟΛΕΙΣ ΚΑλON, ΕΝΟΙΚΗΣΑΙ ΔΕ ΤΗ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΗ ΧΡΗΣΙΜΟΝ.

PLUTARCH.

πες!

παιδων αγωγές.

TO

FRANCIS, EARL OF MOIRA,

GENERAL IN HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES, MASTER-GENERAL

OF THE ORDNANCE, CONSTABLE OF

THE TOWER, ETC.

My LORD,

It is impossible to think of addressing a Dedication to your Lordship without calling to mind the well-known reply of the Spartan to a rhetorician, who proposed to pronounce an eulogium on Hercules. 66 On Hercules !” said the honest Spartan, " who ever thought of blaming Hercules ?”

In a similar manner the concurrence of public opinion has left to the panegyrist of

your Lordship a very superfluous task. I shall therefore be silent on the subject, and merely entreat your indulgence to the very humble tribute of gratitude which I have here the honour to present.

I am,

My LORD,

With every feeling of attachment and respect,

Your Lordship's very devoted servant,

THOMAS MOORE.

27, Bury Street, St. James's,

April 10, 1806.

PREFACE.

The principal poems in the following Collection were written during an absence of fourteen months from Europe. Though curiosity was certainly not the motive of my voyage to America, yet it happened that the gratification of curiosity was the only advantage which I derived from it. Finding myself in the country of a new people, whose infancy had promised so much, and whose progress to maturity has been an object of such interesting speculation, I determined to employ the short period of time, which my plan of return to Europe afforded me, in travelling through a few of the States and acquiring some knowledge of the inhabitants.

The impression which my mind received from the character and manners of these republicans, suggested the Epistles which are written from the

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