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MRS S. C. HALL.
MY DEAR MADAM,
While the sunbeams of this May-morning yet slant along the unrisen dew, I Dedicate to you these Outlines from “The Tempest” of our “Gentle Shakespeare."
My regret that they so feebly embody the
“Forms more real than Living Man,"
who fill with the light of their superhuman loveliness that wondrous garden of enchantment, though sincere, is somewhat softened by the delight which I feel in embracing the opportunity afforded by their publication of humbly subscribing myself one among the many who honour your genius, respect your wisdom, and love you for your perfect womanhood.
I have the honour to be,
Your very obedient Servant,
J. NOEL PATON.
DUNFERMLINE, 1st May 1845.