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MISCELLANEOUS

POEMS

OF

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

In Four Columes.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

ENOX FIBRARY

NEW YORK

Printed by A. and R. Spottiswoode,
Printers-Street, London.

ΤΟ

SIR GEORGE HOWLAND BEAUMONT, bart.

MY DEAR SIR GEORGE,

2

ACCEPT my thanks for the permission given me to dedicate these Volumes to you. In addition to a lively pleasure derived from general considerations, I feel a particular satisfaction; for, by inscribing these Poems with your Name, I seem to myself in some degree to repay, by an appropriate honour, the great obligation which I owe to one part of the Collection—as having been the means of first making us personally known to each

other. Upon much of the remainder, also, you have a peculiar claim, — for several of the best pieces were composed under the shade of your own groves, upon the classic ground of Coleorton; where I was animated by the recollection of those illustrious Poets, of your Name and Family, who were born in that, neighborhood; and, we may be assured did not wander with indifference by the dashing stream of Grace-dieu, and among the rocks that diversify the forest of Charnwood.- Nor is there any one to whom such parts of this Collection as have been inspired or coloured by the beautiful Country from which I now address you, could be presented with more propriety than to

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yourself who have composed so many admirable Pictures from the suggestions of the same scenery. Early in life, the sublimity and beauty of this Region excited your admiration; and I know that you are bound to it in mind by a stillstrengthening attachment.

Wishing and hoping that this Work, with the embellishments it has received from your Pencil, may survive as a lasting memorial of a friendship, which I reckon among the blessings of my life,

I have the honour to be,

My dear Sir George,
Yours most affectionately

and faithfully,

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH.

Rydal Mount, Westmoreland,
February 1. 1815.

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