The Poetical Works of John Trumbull, LL.D; Containing M'Fingal, a Modern Epic Poem Volume 1-2

The Poetical Works of John Trumbull, LL.D; Containing M'Fingal, a Modern Epic Poem Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ...of the lake. 1' This has been a most unlucky couplet. The poem, completed by the addition of the two last Cantos, was first published in America in the year 1782. Some years after, the whole was reprinted in London. In that interval, Lord North was so unhappy, as to lose his sight. And the British reviewers of that day, with their wonted sagacity, imagined that these lines were intended-as an insult upon him for that misfortune; thinking, as we may presume, that M'Fingal foresaw the future blindness of his Lordship, by the aid of his second-sight. Their abuse of the author, as wanting candor and common sense, need not be repeated. In a subsequent copy of the poem, he struck out the name of Lord North and inserted that of King George--and lo, in a few years more, the king also was afliicted with blindness. To prevent all further mishaps, the lines are now restored to their original form. See the L0'rd0'n edition Q/.I792. ' See, on her cliffs her Genius lies, His handkerchief at both his eyes, With many a deep-drawn sigh and groan, To mourn her ruin, and his own! While joyous Holland, France and Spain With conq'ring navies awe the main; And Russian banners wide unfurl'd Spread commerce round the eastern world. Y' And see, (sight hateful and tormenting!) This Rebel Empire, proud and vaunting, From anarchy shall change her crasis, And fix her pow'r on firmer basis; To glory, wealth and fame ascend, _I: I_er commerce wake, her realms extend; Where now the panther guards his den, Her desert forests swarm with men; Gay cities, tow'rs and columns rise, And dazzling temples meet the skies; Her pines, descending to the main, In triumph spread the wat'ry plain, Ride inland seas with fav' more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236795261
  • 9781236795267