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Lytton, Edward yor ve tarde Lytton tulwer-Lyttoor, ist baron
SI A MESE TWIN S.
TALE OF THE TIMES.
BY THE AUTHOR OF “ PELHAM,” &c. &c.
HENRY COLBURN AND RICHARD BENTLEY,
NEW BURLINGTON STREET.
To Mrs. Bulwer Lytton, of Knebworth Park, Herts.
MY DEAR MOTHÉR, I BELIEVE, I owe to you the first ground-work of that disposition which inclined me to Poetry ;—which disposition, though it has not enabled me, it is true, to make much proficiency in the Divine Art,' has nevertheless given me many hours I should be loth to forget, and many feelings which I would not willingly believe have been altogether fostered in vain. I am not one of those who imagine, (" whatever dark thoughts some men in their cells may sit brooding upon,”*) that an early love for Poetry engenders a melancholy temperament, or unfits us, unless exclusively indulged, for the habits of common life. Many sentiments, it may and does indeed excite within us, that rise beyond the beaten track of existence-sentiments which struggle not against the laudable action, but the low desires and defiling
* Cudworth’s Intellectual System, vol. i.