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POEMS, ODES, SONGS,
Author of "The Champions of Freedom," &c.
PUBLISHED BY ABRAHAM ASTEN AND MATTHIAS LOPEZ.
Southern District of New-York, ss.
Be it remembered, that on the fourth day of October, in the forty-second year of the independence of the United States of (L.S.) America, Mattias Ian 1 Al raham Asten, of the said District, have deposited in this office the title of a book the right where they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to
author of the Champions of Freedom, &c.
to the Act of the Congress of the United States, enti"An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned:" and also to an Act entitled" An Act, Supplementary to an Act, entitled An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
Clerk of the Southern District of New-York.
Baldwin, Asten & Co. Printers.
The compilers and publishers of the present work have been actuated by two motives, which they wish to be particularly and distinctly understood by its patrons.
First-A desire to rescue from oblivion the fugitive productions of a native poet ;-productions, which, in their opinion, would have secured an English author both fame and opulence; but which, on this side the Atlantic, have been suffered to
And waste their sweetness on the desert air." Secondly-A desire to relieve their unfortunate author from those pecuniary embarrassments which have been created principally by the benevolence of his disposition; embarrassments which are the more painful to the sufferer, inasmuch as they tend to oppose the genuine ebullitions of a heart governed by honour, integrity, and every virtuous principle.
These motives, we most solemnly avow, are purely disinterested; unless self-interest can be predicated on love of country, or private friendship. Diffident of his own merits, and discouraged by the total failure of
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