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But a living writer is yet sub judice ; and if we can not follow his conceptions or enter into his feelings, it is more consoling to our pride to consider him as lost beneath, than as soaring above
If any man expect from my poems the same easiness of style which he admires in a drinking-song, for him I have not written. Intelligibilia, non intellectum adfero.
I expect neither profit nor general fame by my writings; and I consider myself as having been amply repaid without either. Poetry has been to me its own“ exceeding great reward :" it has soothed my afflictions; it has multiplied and refined my enjoyments ; it has endeared solitude ; and it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the Good and the Beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
S. T. C.