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A widow's tale and other poems

by Bernard Barton

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"Certes, friend B., thy Widow's Tale is too horrible, spite of the plenitives of religion, to embody in verse: I hold prose to be the appropriate expositor of such atrocities! No offence, but it is a cordial that makes the heart sick. Still, thy skill in compounding it I do not deny. I turn to what gave me less mingled pleasure. I find mark'd 'with pencil these pages in thy pretty book, and fear I have been penurious: Page 52, 53, capital. 59, 6th stanza, exquisite smile. 61, 11th stanza equally good. 108, 3rd stanza, I long to see Van Balen. 111, a downright good sonnet, Dixi. 153, lines at the bottom.' So you see, I read, hear, and mark, if I don't learn; in short this little volume is no discredit to any of your former, and betrays none of the senility you fear about..." Lamb in a letter to Bernard Barton sometime in 1827.
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