London: J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall, 1783.
Second edition. 34 pp. 1 vols. 4to. A Paean to Books. Disbound. Title-page slightly foxed at edges. Signed Fra. Drake on title-page. ESTC T9003; Bareham & Gatrell A4. Item #300065
Second edition of Crabbe’s third publication, first published in 1781 when Crabbe was destitute, under the instigation of Edmund Burke
“But what strange art, what magic can dispose
“The troubled mind to change its native woes?
“Or lead us willing from ourselves, to see
“Others more wretched, more undone than we?
“This Books can do — nor this alone; they give
“New views to life, and teach us how to live…”.