JOHN CRITCHLEY PRINCE,
AUTHOR OF "HOURS WITH THE MUSES,"
&c. &c. &c.
"Some waifs and strays from that bright sod
"Which I have seen, but have not trod,—
"The Golden Land of Poesy."
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ARE, BY HIS KIND PERMISSION, MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED,
SINCERE TESTIMONY OF THE HIGH ESTEEM IN WHICH
HIS HUMANIZING WRITINGS, WITH THEIR WIDE AND GENEROUS
SYMPATHIES, ARE HELD BY HIS OBEDIENT SERVANT,
ENCOURAGED by the favour with which his former
efforts have all been received, the Author ventures to lay before the
Public another little Volume.
The following Poems have been written at various times and
seasons—in various moods, and under various influences. And whether
they be deemed to possess any other merit or not, the Author at least
hopes that his kind Friends and Readers will not perceive any diminution
of that moral aim and tendency by which he has ever been anxious that his
literary efforts should be characterised, whatever be the Poetic merit
which the Public may please to ascribe to them.
In the Poem entitled "The Town of Tears," it is possible that
the Author may have committed some anachronisms. If so, he is not
aware of them. Ignorance is a poor plea for an Author; but it is
hoped that it may be accepted in this instance. The Poem is founded
on a paragraph, accidentally seen, from Cheever's "Pilgrim of Jungfrau."
The Author has not had an opportunity of referring to the work itself.