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Wixon For W. lyxYS, J, and P, KNAPTON, D. BROWNT,

S. BIRT, TO'LONGMAN, T. WOODWARD,
Taken from a Picture Painted for the ud C. Hutch, T. OSWALD, J. SHUCK BURGH,
the Lord Chancellor Clarendon Now in J. HODGES, E, WICKSTEED, C. CORBET,

Charles Longueville Euq? C. HAWKINS, J. and R, TONSON, M, COOPER,

B.Don, and C. BATHURST, in Fleet-Streets

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DIBRAS.
In THREE PARTS.

Written in the Time of the

LATE WARS.

Corrected and Amended :

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LONDON:
Printed by ROBERT BROWN,

p. Lely pinx. Pens delin. 1749-

SAMUEL BỤTLER.
Pofregjion of

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Exegi monumentum ære perennius ; Or with OVID,

Jamque opus exegi, quod nec Jovis ira, nec ignis, Nec poterit ferrum, nec edax abolere vetustas.

The author of this celebraced poem was of this last composition; for although he had not the happiness of an academical education, as some affirm, it may be perceived, throughout his whole poem," that he had read much, and was very well accomplished in the most useful parts of human learning.

RAPIN (in his reflections) speaking of the necessary qualities belonging to a poet, tells us, hư must have a genius extraordinary ; great natura gifts ; a wit juft, fruitful, piercing, folid and uni versal; an understanding clear and distinct; arimagination neat and pleasant; an elevation o foul, that depends not only on art or study, bu is purely the gift of heaven, which must be sustain ed by a lively tense and vivacity ; judgment to con fider wisely of things, and vivacity for the beauti fal expreflion of them, &e.

Now, how justly this character is due to our au thor, I leave to the impartial reader, and those nicer judgments, who had the happiness to be mor intimately acquainted with him.

The reputation of this incomparable poem is thoroughly established in the world, that it woul be fuperfluous, if not impertinent, to endeavou any panegyric upon it. King CHARLÈS II, whor the judicious part of mankind will readily acknow ledge to be a sovereign judge of wit, was so grea

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an admirer of it, that he would often pleasantly Exegi monumentum ære perennius ;

quote it in his conversation : however, since most Or with OVID,

men' have a curiosity to have some account of such Jamque opus exegi, quod nec Jovis ira, nec ignis eminent for wit or learning ; I have been defired

anonymous authors, whose compositions have been Nec poterit ferrum, nec edax abolere vetuftas to cblige them with such informations, as I could

The author of this celebrated poem was of te retire from those who had the happin. S to be acfast composition ; for although he had not the han gerinted with him, and also to rectify the mistakes pinels of an academical education, as some afin de Oaford antiquary, in his Athene xoniens it may be perceived, throughout his whole poen,

fes, concerning that he had read much, and was very well as complished in the most useful parts of human lean 4.O. ing.

RAPIN (in his reflections) speaking of the ne cessary qualities belonging to a poet, tells us, be must have a genius extraordinary ; great natural gifts; a wit juft, fruitful, piercing, folid and wiversal; an understanding clear and distinct ; 4 imagination neat and pleasant; an elevation d foul, that depends not only on art or study, bu is purely the gift of heaven, which must be sustain: ed by a lively fense and vivacity ; judgment to consider wisely of things, and vivacity for the beautifal expression of them, &e.

Now, how justly this character is due to our author, I leave to the impartial reader, and those d

THE nicer judgments, who had the happiness to be mare intimately acquainted with him.

The reputation of this incomparable poem thoroughly established in the world, that it would be fuperfluous, if not impertinent, to endeavour any panegyric upon it. King Charles II, whom the judicious part of mankind will readily acknowledge to be a sovereign judge of wit, was so grep

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AMUEL BUTLER, the author of this
excellent poem, was born in the parish of
Strensham, in the

county of Worcester, and baptized there the 13th of Feb. 1612. His father, who was of the same name, was an honest country farmer, who had some small estate of his own but rented a much greater of the Lord of the ma nór where he lived. However, perceiving in thi: fon an early inclination to learning, he made a shifiro to have him educated in the 'free-school at Worceflis ter, under Mr. Henry BRIGHT; where havin the passed the usual time, and being become an excel, a lent school-fcholar, he went for some little time ta. Cambridge, but was never matriculated into thasha university, his father's abilities not being sufficier trio to be at the charge of an academical education; the rul that our author returned foon into his native courthout hi try, and became Clerk to one Mr. Jefferys sum, botel Earls-Croom, an eminent Justice of the Peace fete that county, with whom he lived some years, it beca indulgence of a kind master, he had fufficient leze

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Cambridge, but was never matriculated into that Dance, feems to have placed him in the service of a try, and became Clerk to one Mr. Jefferys and I am the more induced to believe he wrote it that our author returned foon into his native coun-le throughout his whole poem, that he was an easy and no contemptible service. Here, by the way to converse with those living characters of 18. sure to apply himself to whatever learning his in- Md pathetically exposes throughout the whole work,

clinations led him, which were chiefly history THE

and poetry ; to which, for his diversion, he joined

music and painting ; and I have seen some pictures, À U T H O R's

faid to be of his

drawing, which remained in that family ; which I mention not for the excellency of them, but to satisfy the reader of his early incli

nations to that noble art; for which also he was E afterwards entirely beloved by Mr. SAMUEL

COOPER, one of the most eminent painters of his

time. AMUEL BUTLER, the author of this He was, after this, recommended to that great excellent

poem, was born in the parish of encourager of learning, ELIZABETH Counters of Strenham, in the county of Worcefter den Kant, where he had not only the opportunity to who was of the same name, was an honeft counting serieafo with that living library of learning, the farmer, who had some small estate of his own,

great Mr. SELDEN. but rented a much greater of the Lord of the manör where he lived. However, perceiving in this Lour author lived some time also with Sir SAMUEL Tom an early inclination to learning, he made a hit who was of an ancient family in Bedfore.

t; but, to his dishonour, an eminent Com-
to have him educated in the free-school at Worcel-
ter, under Mr. Henry BRIGHT; where having
passed

the
tufuat time, and
being become an exced as then it was, as I am informed, he composed

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Knight fo polito be at the charge of an academical education ; foley by the rule of contraries, one may ob

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, both Earls-Croom, an eminent Justice of the Peace for

sout that time, because he had then the opportuthat county, with he lived some ,

Elion, nonsense, and hypocrify, which he fo lively indulgence of a kind master, he had fufficient lei

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