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Rel. July 10,1157

THE HEIR OF FOIZ.

« I, a desolate branch, * Left scattered in the high-way of the world, “ Trod under foot, that might have been a column “ Mainly supporting our demolished house."

Massenger. The Fatal Dowry.

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PRINTED FOR J, H. BURN, MAIDEN LANE,

COVENT GARDEN.

MDCCCXXIII.

و باز کرده اند که می روند

BARVARÐ COLLEGE LI PARTY

W. M ́Dowall, Printer, Pemberton Row, Gough Square.

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PREFACE.

THE design, (I hope a laudable one), with which I entered on the present “ Sketch” was an attempt to follow in the footsteps of our elder dramatists. The depths of that darkness which for a length of time overwhelmed the brilliant poetry of a past day, are happily disclosed in this: and unlike the fabled lamp, which, burning splendidly amid sepulchral glooms, became extinguished on the admittance of light and air-it shines brighter for the test. We have been long chilled by the frosty glitter of a winter's day; and however gayly it might sparkle to the eye, it threw no animating warmth upon the heart. We have indeed, been too long “ Women's poets," to adopt an idea from Ben Jonson, who “must flow, and

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