[From Poems; by Rev Robert Brown, 1826]


THE following Poems, with a few exceptions, were composed with no other end in view than the amusement of the author; but having been perused, both in England and his native Isle, by persons for whose piety and talent he entertains the highest respect, and having been represented by them as calculated, if published, to serve the cause of religion, he has ventured, notwithstanding their manifold blemishes, of which he is far from being insensible, to commit them to the press. He earnestly implores the Author of all good to accompany them with his blessing; and should they only prove conducive to the spiritual well-being of any who may honour them with a perusal, he will cheerfully endure the severest animadversion with which their want of poetical merit may occasion criticism to assail them.


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