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THE POET'S DAUGHTER.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

JOHN MACRONE, 3, ST. JAMES'S SQUARE.

MDCCCXXXVII.

LONDON:

THOMAS CURSON HANSARD, PATERXOSTER-ROW.

PREFACE,

I AM told that I must write a Preface

and never was mortal in a more pitiable pre

dicament than I am, in consequence of this

necessity! I neither know what to say or who

to address !-But, as l'appetit vient en man

geant" I trust that ideas may flow as I write.

If I plead youth and inexperience as an excuse

for my numerous errors, I shall be told that

I had

no

business to turn Authoress.

If I

crave the kind indulgence of reviewers, they

will marvel at my audacity ;-then, if I address

the public-of what may my Public consist ?

Perhaps of some half dozen readers, who may

manage to wade on to the last page! But I will

hope that they may be as many as serve to

make up a jury; and knowing the leaning

towards

mercy

which

my countrymen have

ever evinced, I throw myself on their leniency,

and trust they will pronounce

an indulgent

verdict. I can only say, that I felt erery word

I wrote, and, therefore, I may hope to awaken

some kindred feelings in kindred bosoms; for

although it is the fashion to talk much of the

heartlessness and coldness of the world, I do

believe I know that there is far more thought

lessness than absence of heart in this same

world, and that deep feeling, genuine kind

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