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THE CORSAIR.

A TALE.

- I suoi pensieri in lui dormir non ponno.” Tasso, Canto decimo, Gerusalemme Liberata.

YOL. IJ:B

The time in this poem may, seem too short for the occurrences, but the whole of the Ægean isles are within a few hours' sail of the continent, and the reader must be kind enough to take the wind as I have often found it.

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TO

THOMAS MOORE, ESQ.

MY DEAR MOORE,

I DEDICATE to you the last production with which I shall trespass on public patience, and your indulgence, for some years; and I own that I feel anxious to avail myself of this latest and only opportunity of adorning my pages with a name, consecrated by upsbaken public principle, and the most undoubted and various talents. While Ireland ranks you among the firmèst of her patriots; while you stand alone the first of her bards in her estimation, and Britain repeats and ratifies the decree, permit one, whose only regret, since our first acquaintance, has been the years he had lost before it commenced, to add the humble, but sincere suffrage of friendship, to the voice of more than one nation. It will at least prove to you, that I have neither forgotten the gratification derived from your society, nor' abandoned the prospect of its renewal, whenever your leisure or inclination allows you to atone to your friends for too long an absence. It is said among those friends, I trust truly, that you are engaged in the composition of a poem whose scene will be laid in the East; none can do those scenes so much justice. The wrongs of your own country, the magðificent and fiery spirit of her sons, the beauty and feeling of her daughters, may there be found; and Collins, when be denominated his Oriental bis Irish Eclogues, was not aware how true, at least, was a part of his parallel. Your imagipation will create a warmer sun, and less clouded sky; but wildness, tenderness, and originality are part of your national claim of oriental descent, to which you have al- · ready thus far proted your title more clearly than the most zealous of your country's antiquarians.

May I add a few words on a subject on which all men are sup

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