PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
The gentle maid, whose hapless tale
These melancholy pages speak;
Say, gracious lady, shall she fail
To draw the tear adown thy cheek?
Insensible to human woes;
Tender, tho’ firm, it melts distrest
For weaknesses it never knows.
Of fell ambition scourg’d by fate,
From reason’s peevish blame.
I dare expand to Fancy’s gale,
For sure thy smiles are Fame.