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As knowledge of an author, and the circumstances under which he writes, not unfrequently imparis interest to his prrductions, it is deemed requisite that soms account of the writer of these Poems should be giv.
In appearing before the public, it is not with the expectation of ranking with those recent poetic writers whose celebrity is almost unrivaled ; neither does she expect to abide the rigid criticism of this refined age; nor 10 afford entertainment to those who can be gratifyed with nothing but what is arrayed in the richest and most dazzling garb of literature.
This preface is not designed to commend the Poems to which it is prefixed. Leaving the reader to judge of their merit, it is presumed that those who love, through the mediuin of verse, to contemplate the inspiriting theines of religion, will not be unedifyed. And if her readers reap but half the satisfaction in their perusal, that she has enjoyed in their production, her labor will not be lost and ehe will be happy in reflecting that she has been in any degree useful to others, deprived as she is, in a great measure, of one of the most important faculties for bene, fitting either herself or her fellows.
'The authoress is one of thosc unfortunale persons who are cut off from all the privileges and enjoyments afforded by the sight of the eye. Her native place is New Haven, Vermont, and the only daughter of Robert and Diana Giles. She became totally blind at the age of fourteen, when the mind just began to tastc the streets of seicuou, and has ever since been reduced to all the disadvantages incident to such a condition. How much do such persons deserve our sympathy, and yet we can noves fully sympa. thize with them till, by a similar misfortune, we are taught the value of sight. How pathetic is the lamentation of the blind Poet, Milton :
". Thus with the year
And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out," Few indeed are the earthly enjoyments of such, cont. pared with those blessed with the inestimable boun of vision. And what but the possession of spiritual riches can produce an acquicsence of heart to go great a calamity ?
· Religion gives even affliction a grace, And reconciles man to his lot."
of thio she becamo the happy recipient at the age of sixteen, and was baptised at the age of twenty.two into the fellowship of the Baptist Church in Dexter, Washi. tenaw County, Michigan, by Elder W. A. Bronson, of which she was an ornament. Her cxample is a practical comment on the intrinsic virtues of religion ; and her happin:øs derived from it evinced its capability of co:a.