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SKETCHES IN VERSE,

Mecum ....
Quaere modos leviore plectro.

PRINTED FOR C. & A. CONRAD & CO. PHILADELPHIA,

BY SMITH & MAXWELL.

1810.

953 R197 ske Cose B *

PREFACE.

Most of the following “Sketches” have already appeared in The Port Folio; but as the former volumes of that Literary Journal are out of print, I have connected them in this form. The author, who loves the sylvan life, and courts Retirement, rather than Observation, shrunk, with no affected coyness, from the project of pub'lishing these little poems, which were written merely to beguile “Time's tediousness," and, generally, in a humour so perfectly careless, that when he took up the he knew not whether a stanza to Love, or a

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sonnet to Indifference would be the consequence. As my opinion of their merit differs from his, I take this method to get the criticks to decide between us. His sentiments of them will be best seen by the following letter to

THE EDITOR.

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