1 ACCEPT, dear Parent! from a filial pen,
2 The humble off'ring of my pensive Muse:
3 She painted on my mind a Daughter's woes,
4 Nor could my heart the tender theme refuse.
5 The rightful Patron of th'eventful tale,
6 To you I dedicate the scenes she drew;
7 My soul she search'd to find OSMIDA's thoughts,
8 And colour'd her from what I feel for you.
9 Yours then the meed if meed kind Fame will grant,
10 The tale to you to you the bayes belong;
11 You gave my youthful fancy wings to soar;
12 From your indulgence flows my wild-note song.
13 Its music in your ear will sweetly sound;
14 Its page, with fond delight, you'll traverse o'er:
15 With half your pleasure may the world peruse!
16 My muse, my vanity can ask no more.
17 Dear other Parent! guiltless hold my heart,
18 Though unadorn'd my numbers with your name;
19 Your worth, your goodness, in its centre lives,
20 And there shall perish only with my frame.

It is near three years since the above lines were written, and the First Part of THE MAID OF ARRAGON finished; though other avocations have prevented the publication till now. This circumstance is mentioned, to shew that they were prompted by the heart, and not by the desire of imitating the Author of an admirable Novel, which was addressed to a Father since that period.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO MR. PARKHOUSE, Of TIVERTON, DEVON.
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Cowley, Mrs. (Hannah), 1743-1809. The Maid of Arragon; a Tale. By Mrs. Cowley. Part I. London: printed by T. Spilsbury, for L. Davis, T. Longman, J. Dodsley, T. Cadell, W. Owen, S. Crowder, T. Davies, T. Becket, G. Kearsley, C. Dilly, T. Evans, Richardson and Urquhart, and R. Faulder. M,DCC,LXXX., 1780. [6],46,[4]p.; 4⁰. (ESTC T38853; OTA K039355.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library, G.Pamph. 1698(1))

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