Comus: A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634, Before the Earl of Bridgewater ...

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W. Bristow, 1798 - English drama - 261 pages

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Page xvii - &c. MY LORD, THIS poem, which received its firft occafion of birth from yourfelf and others of your noble family, and much honour from your own perfon in the performance, now returns again to make a finall dedication of itfelf to you. Although not openly acknowledged by the

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