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THE history of the following production is briefly this: a lady, fond of blank verse, demanded a poem of that kind from the author, and gave him the SoFA for a subject. He obeyed; and, having much leisure, connected another subject with it; and pursuing the train of thought to which his situation and turn of mind led him, brought forth, at length, instead of the trifle which he at first intended, a serious affair-a

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