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PO E TRY:

A LECTURE,

DELIVERED IN LONDON, ON THE EVENING OF APRIL 8, 1858,

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TO THE

REV. EDMUND HINDE,

THIS BOOK,

WITH EVERY FEELING OF FRATERNAL AFFECTION,

IS INSCRIBED BY

THE AUTHOR.

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DO not think that I could better open my sub

ject for this evening, viz.—Poetry,"—than by a slight recitation from the old, quaint, but staunch adherent of the Muses GEORGE WITHERS — who, with a degree of feeling approximating somewhat to fanaticism, thus writes,

Poesy, thou sweet'st content
That ever Heaven to mortals lent;
Though they as a trifle leave thee,
Whose dull thoughts cannot conceive thee ;
Though thou be to them a scorn,
That to naught but earth are born!
May my life no longer be,
Than I am in love with thee.”

Such is the deeply enthusiastic tone, the very spirit, with which to approach and cultivate Poetry, — the language of the Imagination and the Passions, the oldest

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