Excerpt from British Genius, a Vision: With Other Poems
Introduction of the Poem, with an Invocation to the Spirit of Poesy - An Eulogium on the Art of Printing, by which all knowledge, and that of poetry in particular, is so widely diffused - An attempt to prove Poetry the most successful of all other pursuits to obtain immortality - Description of the Temple of the British Poets, as seen in a dream, on the summit of Mount Parnassus - Inscription on the exterior - Fame assures the beholder, that this Temple was raised for the reception of British Poets, and the total exclusion of all others - Description of the Interior - Origin of the building, and enlargement of it by Shakspere - British Genius (personated as a young Prince) holds a consultation with Love, desiring to know where he might find a pleasing residence - Love directs his attention to a neighbouring island, and relates the history of two Royal Sisters, Britannia and Erin - Captivated with the story of the latter, he determines on visiting her Island, accompanied by Love - Their Journey to, and arrival in that country - There, enjoying a personal interview with Erin, his admiration increases to fondness;
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