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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...will be found the
peculiarities of this species of composition; and before joining
the outcry against the vitiated taste that fosters and encourages
it, the justice and grounds of it ought to be made perfectly
apparent. If the want of sieges and battles and great military
evolutions, in our poetry, is complained of, let us reflect that
the campaigns and heroes of our days are perpetuated in a record
that neither requires nor admits of the aid of fiction; and if the
complaint refers to the inferiority of our bards, let us pay a just
tribute to their modesty, limiting them, as it does, to subjects
which, however indifferently treated, have still the interest and
charm of novelty, and which thus prevents them from adding
insipidity to their other more insuperable defects. THE BRIDAL OF
TRIERMAIN OR THE VALE OF SAINT JOHN A LOVER'S TALE INTRODUCTION i
Cove, Lucy while 't is morning hour The woodland brook we needs
must pass; So ere the sun assume his power We shelter in our poplar
bower, Where dew lies long upon the flower, / Though vanished from
the velvet grass. Curbing the stream, this stony ridge May serve us
for a sylvan bridge; For here compelled to disunite, Round petty
isles the runnels glide, 10 And chafing off their puny spite, The
shallow murmurers waste their might, Yielding to footstep free and
light A dry-shod pass from side to side. Nay, why this hesitating
pause? And, Lucy, as thy step withdraws, Why sidelong eye the
streamlet's brim? Titania's foot without a slip, Like thine, though
timid, light, and slim, From stone to stone might safely trip, 20
Nor risk the glow-worm clasp to dip That binds her slipper's silken
rim. Or trust thy lover's strength; nor fear That this same
stalwart arm of mine, Which could yon oak's prone...
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