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IN TWO VOLUMES.
By W. WORDSWORTH.
Quam nihil ad genium, Papiniane, tuum!
PRINTED FOR T. N. LONGMAN AND O. REES, PATERNOSTER-ROW,
BY BIGGS AND COTTLE, CRANE-COURT, FLEET-STREET,
The Nightingale, written in April, 1798
The Idiot Boy
The Mad Mother
The Ancient Mariner
Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey 191
The first Volume of these Poems has already been submitted to general .perusal. . It was published, as an experiment, which, I hoped, might be of some use to ascertain, how far, by fitting to metrical arrangement a selection of the real language of men in a state of vivid sensation, that sort of pleasure and that quantity of pleasure may be imparted, which a Poet may rationally endeavour to impart.
I had formed no very inaccurate estimate of the probable effect of those Poems : I flattered myself