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Individual Item Contents: WPRP 296

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Author

A Lady.

Title

The Tears of Brittannia; occasioned by the late indisposition of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. A Poem. Humbly inscribed to His Royal Highness. By a Lady.

Imprint

London: Printed for T. Becket, Pall-Mall, bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and their Royal Highnesses the Princes. 1787.

Citation

Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, p. 183.

Call number

WPRP 296

Notes

First edition of this very rare poem on the Prince's illness, invoking the classical deities, and especially "Hygeia, health restoring maid." The edition must  have been small, and was perhaps a vanity production, through Becket, whose imprint declares him to be "Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and their Royal Highnesses the Princes." Dedicated to the Prince of Wales.

Epigraph

Virumque Cano. Virgil.