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THE

SOLDIER OF FORTUNE.

BY HENRY CURLING, ESQ.

Oh Heaven ! that one might read the book of fate ;

Oh, if this were seen,
The happiest youth,-viewing his progress through,
What perils past, what crosses to ensue,–
Would shut the book, and sit him down and die.

SHAKSPERE.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

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For the pieces of Poetry in the pages of this story I am indebted to my esteemed friend EDWARD WALLACE, Esq., H.C.S.

ADVERTISEMENT.

The following story records the life of a man who, because he met with frequent misfortunes, believed himself to be languishing under the ban of fate,-a notion consonant to a popular fallacy. A more dangerous delusion, however, cannot be entertained. It is one that deadens our endeavours; precludes a scrutiny into the character of those means which, as they often miscarry, ought at least to be suspected; hinders us from adopting new schemes of life, and new modes of action; and tempts us to lay on chance the blame more justly attributable to ourselves.

The hero of this tale then shows the folly and madness of unbridled passion and reckless impulse, which never fail to produce

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