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BY

ROBERT SOUTHEY, Esq. LL.D.

POET LAUREATE,

HONORARY MEMBER Of THE ROYAL SPANISH ACADEMY, OP THE ROYAL SPANISH ACADEMY OP HISTORY,
UP THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OP THE NETHERLANDS, OP THE GYKMRODORION, OP THE MASSA-
CHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, OP THE AMERICAN ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY,
OP THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY, OP THE BRISTOL PHILOSOPHICAL
AND LITERARY SOCIETY, OP THE METROPOLITAN
mSTrrUTION,OPTHEPHILOMATHTC
INSTITUTION, &C.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE-STREET.

MDCCCXXVI.

The more wit they have spent,
The less they shew'd; not bettering their bad cause.

Daniel's Miaophitus.

LONDON:
PRINTED BY C. KOWOHTM, BELL YARD,
TEMPLE BAR.

TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

CHARLES WATKIN WILLIAMS WYNN,

4-c. SfC. Ssc.

My Dear Friend,

When I inscribed a poem to you some twenty years ago, in memorial of a friendship which had then subsisted more than half our lives, there was a peculiar propriety in so doing. The subject was one concerning which we had talked when we were boys together; it related to your own country; some of your ancestors were among the personages of the tale; historical incidents were introduced which I had collected in your Library, and in your company I had visited some of the scenes which are described. For these reasons,

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