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Of the Inner Temple, Eaq.
T. Bensley, Printor, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, Londonu
Of the Imer Temple, Esq.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
Sicut aquæ tremulum labris ubi luren ahenis
Virg. Æn, viii.
A NEW EDITION.
PRINTED FOR I. JOHNSON, IN ST. PAUI's
P R E F A CE
When an Author, by appearing in print, requests an audience of the Public, and is upon the point of speaking for bimself, whoever presumes to step before him with a preface, and to say, “Nay, but hear me first,” should have something worthy of attention to offer, or he will justly be deemed officious and impertinent. The judicious Feader has probably, upon other occasions, been beforehand with me, in this reflection : and I am not very willing it should now be applied to me, however I may seem to expose myself to the danger of it. But the thought of having my own name perpetuated in connexion with the name in the title page, is so pleasing and flattering to the feelings of iny heart, that I am content to risk something for the gratification.
This Preface is not designed to commend the Poems to which it is prefixed. My testimony would be insufficient for those, who are not quadified to judge properly for themselves, and unnecessary to those, who are. Besides the reasons, which wender it improper and unseqmly for a man