The Purcell Papers, vol 1

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The Purcell Papers, vol 1 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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MEMOIR OF JOSEPH SHERIDAN LE FANUTHE GHOST AND THE BONE-SETTERTHE FORTUNES OF SIR ROBERT ARDAGHTHE LAST HEIR OF CASTLE CONNORTHE DRUNKARD'S DREAM

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e thy plaintive song.'

To Mr. William Le Fanu we are further
indebted for the accompanying specimens of his
brother's serious and humorous powers in verse,
written when he was quite a lad, as valentines
to a Miss G. K.:

'Life were too long for me to bear

If banished from thy view;
Life were too short, a thousand year,
If life were passed with you.

'Wise men have said "Man's lot on earth

Is grief and melancholy,"
But where thou art, there joyous mirth
Proves all their wisdom folly.

'If fate withhold thy love from me,

All else in vain were given;
Heaven were imperfect wanting thee,
And with thee earth were heaven.'

A few days after, he sent the following sequel:

'My dear good Madam,
You can't think how very sad I'm.
I sent you, or I mistake myself foully,
A very excellent imitation of the poet Cowley,
Containing three very fair stanzas,
Which number Longinus, a very critical man, says,

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