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EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, TO WIT:
BE IT on the thirtieth of
ILS January, in the forty-sixth year of the Independence
of the United States of America, A. D. 1822, James Crissy, of the said district, hath deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
POEMS, BY WILLIAM B. TAPPAN.
Go, dream of by-past hours:
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, intituled "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned." And also to the act, entitled "An act, supplementary to an act, entitled 'An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.”
THE REV. DANIEL DANA, D. D.
OF HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE,
As a slight acknowledgment of much kindness received from him during boyhood, and of affectionate solicitude for my welfare since, this volume is inscribed.
WILLIAM BINGHAM TAPPAN.
THIS Volume is sent into the world not without some solicitude. Its errors will not experience the lenity from criticism, which partiality may have exercised. Yet I indulge the hope that these Poems will obtain from the American public the favour which they may merit; more than this I can not desire.
The reception which a small collection of poems, published by me in this city in 1819, received, has induced me, after a careful revision, to embody some of them in this volume, with those of a later date.
I am grateful to those of my countrymen who have noticed my former productions with fostering kindness; to the British editors who have bestowed on my earlier poems, that which I confess to be the object of my ambition, the meed of impartial praise, particularly to the able conductor of an influential transatlantic Review, I return my warmest acknowledgments,
I feel confident that the tendency of these pieces is towards virtue and correct sentiment;-they will be seen with a few exceptions to be of a cheerful cast, calculated to sport in the sunshine of the serene heart, and mingling with the reveries of disappointment, to fan the latent spark of hope to the broad and bright halo of pleasing anticipation.