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TO

MRS. FELICIA HEMANS,

AUTHORESS OF

"RECORDS OF WOMEN," AND OTHER POEMS,

WHOSE ELEVATED MORALITY, EXALTED FEELINGS,

AND INVENTIVE TALENT,

HAVE SHED A LUSTRE ON THE CHARACTER OF

FEMALE BRITISH GENIUS,

THROUGHOUT THE OLD AND NEW WORLD,
THIS VOLUME

IS INSCRIBED,

AS A TRIBUTE OF ESTEEM,

BY HER OBEDIENT SERVANT'

JOSEPH ROBINS.

Bridb Court,
June 1,1829.

The popularity of Mrs, Hemans'i shorter poems has been almost unexampled. When some one of her productions, of a length not unstated for republication in a newspaper, has been received from England, by nearly simultaneous arrivals, in different parts of our country, we hare known the same poem appear within a week in the public prints of New York and Philadelphia, as well as of Boston, and apparently copied, in each place, directly from the English publications. And her poems have continued to please, and have re-appeared in the papers of the interior, till at last it would be very difficult to say how many times they have been republished, or where the circulation has stopped. We have read them as they have issued from Detroit. Such a rapid extension of literary fame and influence would hardly have been possible in any age but ours, and now, perhaps, in no other country than our own. Such success deserves to be remarked; and, while it is a high reward of exertion in the cause of virtue and good feeling, it is also a powerful incentive to literary exertion. A female writer, in a retired part of Great Britain, unassisted by any means of exercising interest but such as her own mind affords, finds leisure, in the quiet of her seclusion, to entrust her views of life and nature to verse, and, within six weeks of the time, a poem is published in the metropolis of Great Britain; it is read on our seaboard, repeatedly printed in the interior, diligently perused in the little circle of our villages, and, it may be, makes its way across Lake Erie to the outskirts of civilization.

United Statei Literary Gazette, Boston, March, 1827.

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