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ON

POETRY

AND

GENERAL LITERATURE,

DELIVERED AT

THE ROYAL INSTITUTION

IN 1830 AND 1831.*

BY

JAMES MONTGOMERY,

AUTHOR OF

" THE WORLD BEFORE THE FLOOD," " THE PELICAN ISLAND,”

&c. &c.

Poesy! thou sweet'st content
That e'er heaven to mortals lent,
Though thou be to them a scorn,
Who to nought but earth are born,
May my life no longer be
Than I am in love with thee!

GEOROR WITHER, in Prison.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR

LONGMAN, REES, ORME, BROWN, GREEN, & LONGMAN,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1833.

TO

HIS GRACE

THE DUKE OF SOMERSET.

PRESIDENT

AND TO

THE MANAGERS

OF

THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF GREAT BRITAIN,

THESE ESSAYS

ARE,

BY PERMISSION,

MOST RESPECTFULLY AND GRATEFULLY INSCRIBEN),

BY

THEIR MUCH OBLIGED AND HUMBLE SERVANT,

THE AUTHOR.

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