Excerpt from Pharonnida, Vol. 1 of 5: An Heroic Poem, in ﬁve Books
Though, by that splendor with which the bountiful hand of fortune, illustrated by the more excellent gifis of nature, hath adorned you, to the il luminating the hepes of all your expecting friends, I might justly fear these glow-worms of fancy may be outshone, to the obscurity of a contemptible neglect; you being like, ere long, to prove that glorious lumi nary, to whose ascending brightness the happiest wits that grace the British hemisphere, like Persian priests prostrated to the rising sun, will devote the morning sacrifices of their muses: yet, animated by your late candid reception of my more youthful labors, whose humble ﬂights, having your name to beautify their front.
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