A WORD TO TWO YOUNG LADIES
 [1st edn, 1st state adds notes by Lofft and Bloomfield:] Partial and interesting in all respects. C. L. Both the young Ladies had addressed to me a few complimentary lines, (and I am sorry that those of the elder sister were never in my possession;) in return for which I sent the above. It was received on the day on which the younger completed her ninth year. Surely it cannot be ascribed to vanity, if, in gratitude to a most amiable family, I here preserve verbatim an effort of a child nine years old. I have the more pleasure in doing it, because I know them to be her own. R. B.
BACKAccept, dear Bard, the Muse’s genuine thought,And take not ill the tribute of my heart:—For thee the laureat wreath of praise I’ll bind;None that have read thy commendable mindCan let it pass unnotic’d—nor can I—For by thy lays I know thy sympathy.’ F. P.] Lofft’s note omitted in 1st edn, 2nd state and later edns