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THE SECOND EDITION.

In publishing a second edition of this work,

the Author will not venture to trouble his readers

with any comment upon the notices with which

the first edition has been favoured, in so far as they are purely critical. But by more than one of the writers of those notices (to whom he is indebted for the indulgence with which they have regarded his work) he has been supposed

to have made some of his dramatic delineations

the vehicle of allusions to persons of distinction now living. An accidental coincidence of names appears not unnaturally to have suggested the supposition ; and he is desirous to say in this place, that no such allusions as those ascribed to

him were in his thoughts when he wrote the

passages in question.

The present edition differs from the first only

in one or two trifling insertions, in the cor

rection of some faults which have been pointed

out in periodical publications, and in the altera

tion of a few lines here and there, made for

the most part with a view to consolidate the

rhythm.

London, SEPTEMBER, 1834.

PREFACE.

As this work, consisting of two Plays and an Interlude, is equal in length to about six such plays as are adapted to representation, it is almost unnecessary to say that it was not intended for the stage.

It is properly an Historical Romance, cast in a dramatic and rhythmical form. Historic truth is preserved in it, as far as the material events are concerned-of course with the usual exception of such occasional dilatations and compressions of time as are required in dramatic composition.

This is, perhaps, all the explanation which is absolutely required in this place; but, as there may be readers who feel an inclination to learn something of an author's tastes in poetry before they proceed to the perusal of what he has written, I will take the opportunity which a preface affords me of expressing my opinions upon two or three of the most prominent features in the present state of poetical literature; and I shall do so the more gladly, because I am apprehensive, that without some previous intimations of the kind, my work might occasion disappointment to the admirers of that highly coloured poetry which has been popular in these

If in the strictures, which, with this object, I may be led to make upon authors of great reputation, I should appear to be wanting in the respect due to prevalent opinions,-opinions which, from the very circumstance of their prevalence, must be assumed to be partaken by many to whom deference is owing,- I trust that it will

latter years.

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