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is every where true to nature; a great number of the stanzas present beautiful images, and are expresssd with unusual felicity of language ; and the versification, though the metre is itself unfit for long poems, is harmonious and artfully varied, exhibiting, the utmost powers of that metre, and every variety of which it is capable. It therefore appeared to me that these several merits (the first of which, namely that of the passion, is of the highest kind,) gave to the Poem a value which is not often possessed by better Poems. On this account I requested of my Friend to permit me to republish it.
Note to the Poem ON REVISITING THE WYE, p. 201.I have not ventured to call this Poem an Ode ; but it was written with a hope that in the transitions, and the impassioned music of the versification would be found the principal requisites of that species of composition.
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