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Some of my friends having expressed a wish to sco all the Sonnets that are scattered through several volumes of my l'oems, brought under the cye at
this is donc in the present l'ublication, with a hope that a collection madu to please a few, may not be unacceptable to many others. Twelve new
added which were composed 'while the shcets wero going through the press.
My admiration of some of the Sonnets of Milton, first tempted me to write in that furm. The fact is not mentioned from a notion that it will be deemed of any importance lay the reader, but merely as a public acknowledyment of one of the innumerable obligations, whichi, as a Poet and a Man, I am under to our great fellow-countryman.
in asterisk is prefired to the new Sonnels.
Griel, thou hast lust an ever-ready
Admonition. Intended mure parti. Westmoreland,on Easter Sunday, 23
Decay of Piets, 26