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Quam nihil ad senium, Papiniane, tuum!
VOL. I.

THIRD EDITION.

LONDON:

PRINTED TO* T. N. LONGMAN AND O.REES, PATERNOSTER-ROW,
BY SIGOS AND COTTLE, CRANE-COURT, FLEET-STREET.

1802.

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PREFACE.

The first Volume of these Poems has already been submitted to general perusal. It was published, as an experiment, which, I hoped, might be of some use to ascertain, how far, by fitting to metrical arrangement a selection of the real language of men in a state of vivid sensation, that sort of pleasure and that quantity of pleasure may be imparted, which a Poet may rationally endeavour to impart.

I had formed no very inaccurate estimate of the probable effect of those Poems: I flattered myself

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