Excerpt from Poems, Legendary, Lyrical, and Descriptive
It is difficult for an Author to speak of his own productions without laying himself open to the charge of affected modesty on the one hand, or that of egotism on the other.
The days of elaborate Prefaces have g... one by. The reading Public are more inclined to judge of a work by its own merits, than from the colouring the author may, attempt to give it'at the outset. If a book possesses vitality, it will last; if not, a Pre face even by Johnson would not buoy it up.
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