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Aprite, O Muse, i chiusi fonti, aprite.
PRINTED FOR GALE, CURTIS, AND FENNER,
TO THOMAS BARNES, ESQ.
OF THE INNER TEMPLE.
MY DEAR BARNES, I DEDICATED the first poetical attempt of my maturer years to a man of wit and scholarship, who stood the next above me at school ;-allow me to present the second to another, who stood the next below. How far he was my superior in general knowledge, and the anticipation of a manly judgment, I well remember;—but I am not
going to deviate into the old language of dedications ;-I merely allude to these circumstances as calculated to call up pleasant recollections with a variety of readers, and in grateful acknowledgment of a species of friendship, which is of all others the most agreeable. It is the oldest of all friendships ; and yet has a charm, which prevents the enjoyers of it from ever seeming to grow old with each other.
Pray forget, if you can, while you are listening to a still more familiar and fire-side voice, your other intimate friends, the great poets; and believe me Most sincerely your's,
LEIGH HUNT Surrey Jail, ļoth July, 1814,