Excerpt from Comic Tales and Lyrical Fancies: Including the Chessiad, a Mock-Heroic, in Five Cantos; And the Wreath of Love, in Four Cantos
Says my father, in one of his popular songs; and to raise a good-natured smile was the major part of this work written, and printed - in season, I hope; since the last work which I produced, (an eccentric Novel, called Isn't it Odd P) ushered into the world by my present worthy publisher, was, as he informed me, published out of season, and the result was, the fall of the leaf for which he, no doubt, very properly ac counted, since, to impute injustice to the public were arrogance, and - a blockhead is the last to discover his own imbecility.
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