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TO

ROBERT SOUTHEY, ESQ.

This Book, though it should travel far and wide

As ever unripe Author's quick conceit

Could feign his page dispers’d, should nowhere meet A friendlier censor than by Greta's side,

A warmer welcome than at Skiddaw's feet. Unhappily infrequent in the land

Is now the sage seclusion, the retreat Sacred to letters : but let this command Fitting acknowledgment,--that time and tide

Saw never yet embellished with more grace Outward and inward, with more charms allied,

With honours more attended, man or place, Than where by Greta's silver current sweet Learning still keeps one calm sequestered seat.

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