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THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY:

COMPREHENDING

THE MOST IMPORTANT CONCERNS
OF PRIVATE LIFE; AND PARTICULARLY SHEWING
THE DISTRESSES THAT MAY ATTEND THE
MISCONDUCT BOTH OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN,
IN RELATION TO MARRIAGE.

BY

S. RICHARDSON.

COMPLETE IN FOUR VOLUMES.
VOL. L

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CLARISSA; ^

THE HISTORY OF A YOUNG LADY:

COMPREHENDING

THE MOST IMPORTANT CONCERNS
OF PRIVATE LIFE; AND PARTICULARLY SHEWING
THE DISTRESSES THAT MAY ATTEND THE
MISCONDUCT BOTH OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN,
IN RELATION TO MARRIAGE.

BY

S. RICHARDSON.

COMPLETE IN FOUR VOLUMES.
VOL. L

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SONNET

TO THE

AUTHOR OP CLARISSA.

O Master of the heart! whose magic skill
The close recesses of the soul can find,
Can rouse, becalm, and terrify the mind,

Now melt with pity, now with anguish thrill;

Thy moral page while virtuous precepts fill,
Warm from the heart, to mend the age design'd,
Wit, strength, truth, decency, are all combin'd

To lead our youth to good, and guard from ill.

O long enjoy what thou so well hast won;
The grateful tribute of each honest heart,
Sincere, nor hackneyed in the ways of men:
At each distressful stroke their true tears run;
And Nature, unsophisticate by Art,

Owns and applauds the labours of thy pen.

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