e, Destruction's touch, and need much skill The space with likesome rhymes to fill. Though some expense th' improvements make, If you the task will undertake I care not, and with gladness will Repay you for your time and skill. Through circumstance unfortunate Destroyed have been the name and date (If any there have been), Yet still I traces here and there, Which seem upon the tale to bear, In many parts have seen. I have not quite decided yet, Whether to print it, or to let It still reside in ink. But you shall first the tale peruse (Unless the office you refuse); I'll hear then what you think." "With pleasure, sir, I will comply With your request; but really I Cannot with honesty deny My fear lest I should not supply The skill you need; but still will try, For now I have much leisure time, And love exploring ancient rhyme."
With many thanks, he begg'd I'd with him dine. "Now do not, sir, from etiquette, decline, For afterwards together we will read The tale, and judge how it had best proceed. There's