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POEMS AND ESSAYS
MISCELLANEOUS CHARACTER ON SUBJECTS
OF GENERAL INTEREST.
“Look, then, into thine heart and write;
Yes, into life's deep stream-
Be these henceforth thy theme.”
EDINBURGH: PATON AND RITCHIE.
250. m. 44,
COLONEL D. C. R. C. BUCHANAN,
IS BY PERMISSION RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED,
AS A TESTIMONY
NOT MORE OF RESPECT AND ESTEEM FOR THE
QUALITIES OF THE GENTLEMAN,
THE GENEROUS LANDLORD, AND KIND MASTER,
THAN FOR THE
LIBERAL SUPPORTER OF EVERY BENEVOLENT AND
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION IN THE LARGE AND POPULOUS
DISTRICT IN WHICH HE RESIDES.
ALTHOUGH it is a very common excuse for an author to make on offering for the first time a book to the public, that it is done at the urgent solicitation of friends, in this instance it is strictly and literally true. And it remains with a candid press and a generous yet discerning public to ratify by their approbation the (perhaps) too partial opinions of my friends. And I hope the critics will lay the rod lightly across the shoulders of an old woman of threescore-and-ten, whose only school-room was a shoemaker's hearth, and her only teacher a hard-working mother, who, while she plied the spinning-wheel, taught me at her knee to read the Bible—the only education she or I, her daughter, ever received.
I now lay the productions of my Muse and my attempts at Essay-writing before the public. I do not claim for the first the distinction of being included in the number of the Sacred Nine, or for the last as possessing the learning, depth, force, and finish of the compositions of our approved Essayists; yet such as they both are, I leave them there, requesting of my readers in general, and my subscribers in particular, that they would
“Be to my faults a little blind,
And to my virtues very kind.”