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“I never list presume to Parnasse hill-
But, pyping low in shade of lowly grove,
I play to please myselfe, albeit ill.”

Spenser's Shepherd's Calendar.

Borough of Cynemouth:

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. PHILIPSON, TYNE STREET;

AND SIMPKIN, MARSHALL AND CO. PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON.

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TO THE

REV. WILLIAM LIETCH,

BOROUGH OF TYNEMOUTH,

THIS LITTLE VOLUME IS DEDICATED,

A SIMPLE, BUT VERY SINCERE MARK

OF

FILIAL ESTEEM AND LOVE,

BY HIS SON,

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

A PREFACE is usually an apology; and as I unaffectedly feel that one is needed for placing the following trifles before the Public, I shall not depart from the customary usage.

I had intended only to print a few copies of some early Poems, for distribution among my friends; but my

Printer (anxious, I imagine, to exhibit his neatness and skill to his townsmen) insisted so earnestly on a larger edition, that the present volume is the result. An excuse curious at least for its novelty.

I make no pretensions to the character of a Poet, nor is it with any hope of fame that I send this little volume abroad ; my day for having committed this error has long gone by, and my only expectation is, that some of my verses may perhaps amuse or gratify those whose good opinion I have already the happiness to possess.

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