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BY THOMAS HOOD,

WHIMS AND ODDITIES," ETC, ETC.

AUTHOR OF

Philadelphia:

E. LITTELL, CHESNUT STREET,
AND J. GRIGG, NO. 9, NORTH FOURTH STREET.

CENOX LIBRARY

TO

CHARLES LAMB, Esq.

MY DEAR FRIEND,

I THANK my literary fortune that I am not reduced, like many better wits, to barter dedications, for the hope or promise of patronage, with some nominally great man ; but that where true affection.points, and honest.respect, I am free to gratify my heart and treårt by a sindete inscription. An intimacy and dearnessy worthy of a much earlier date than our acquaintance cän: refer to, direct me at once to your name : and with this arkigowledgment of your ever kind feeling towards me; I: desire to record a respect and admiration for you as a writer, which no one acquainted with our literature, save Elia himself, will think disproportionate or misplaced. If I had not these better reasons to govern me, I should be guided to the same selection by your intense yet critical relish for the works of our great Dramatist, and for that favourite play in particular which has furnished the subject of my verses.

It is my design, in the following Poem, to celebrate; by an allegory, that immortality which Shakspeare has conferred on the Fairy mythology by his Midsummer Night's Dream. But for him, those pretty children of our childhood would leave barely their names to our maturer years;

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