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"You found her a fair and blusbing Aower, its beauty and its fragrance
BROWNE'S BRITISH CICERO.
Accept the dedication of these pages as a slight token of my admiration for your talents, and as a small acknow. ledgment of one of the most gratifying friendships which I have
How shall I plead your patience ? how essay
A generous judgment and a gentle ear
Ah ! now I see the noble spirit rise-
Ah, glorious island of the fair and brave !
Then, timorous bark! spread now thy trembling sail,
SCENE I.—Coast of Lincolnshire that overlooks the Wash.
Enter LESTER BURTON and PERCY MANLEY.
LESTER, thou art so melancholy, I do believe thy heart is sick to death, and thou art musing remedies for its recovery. I never now behold thy once right merry face but what I fancy thou hast enlisted thyself with that chosen band of disappointed poets whose flowery writings never produce fruit !