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TO HIS SBRÉNE HIGHNESS
PRINCE LEOPOLD OF SAXE-COBOURG.
Mar I be allowed to assure you how deeply sensible I am of the honour you have done me, by permitting me to inscribe the following Poems to your Serene Highness. It is to me peculiarly gratifying, that my first effusions before the public, as a poet, are under the sanction of your illustrious name a name endeared to Englishmen by the fondest associations, and which they shall continue to cherish while a single heart is found among them capable of appreciating such rare virtues as your Serene Highness has always evinced. The language of adulation I have never learned; and I am well aware that the exalted personage whom I now have the honour to address, is placed far beyond the reach of flattery; yet it may be permitted me, as an individual, to pay the tribute of just praise to those peculiar qualities of distinguished worth, which are so deservedly the theme of universal panegyric.
I have the honour to be,
with most profound respect,
Your Serene Highness's
most obliged and most humble servant,
W. C. HARVEY.
1, York Place, Pentonville,
Jan. 2, 1818.
T. plead youth, and the hurry of composition, as excuses for the faults of their productions; is a practice but too common among the votaries of the Muses, while making their first essay before the public. The Author of the following Collection of Poems might resort to this trite, apology, but he wishes not to propitiate the just severity of criticism by any such assertion. If an Author writes verses at an early age, and in a ha'sty manner, it does not
therefore follow as a necessary consequence,
that he is obliged to send his effusions into the world without revising and correcting them. No young poet ought to offend the good taste of the public by such a premature exhibition, and he who does so, most certainly deserves to find them quite as fastidious as his own presumption is
SENSIBILITY, the first
that occurs in this volume, is one of the earliest of the Author's productions; but before he ventured on giving it publicity, he took