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The Tenth Edition, with Additions.

To which is Prefix'd

Non ego mordaci diftrinxi carmine quenquam,

Nulla venenato litera mista joco eft.

Printed for JACOB TONSON, at Shakespear's

Head over-against Katharine Street in
: the Strand. M.DCCXXII.

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· TO THE : R E A D E R.

TE H EN the Mathor of these Verses

(written only to please himself, and w iele juch particular Pérföns to whom they

ke 'weré directed) returned from abroad O fome Years since, He was troubled to

find bis Name in Print, but fornewhat satisfied to see his Liñes so ill rendred, that be might justly disown them, and say to å mistaking Printer, as one did to an ill Reciter

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Having been ever since pressed to correct the many and gross Faults (such as use to be in Imprelions wholly neglected by the Authors) his Answer was, that he made these when ill Verses had more Favour and escaped better, than good ones do in this Age; the Severity whereof be thought not unhappily diverted by those Faults in the impresion, which hi


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therto have bung upon his Book, as the Turks hang old Rags for such like ugly things) upon their faireft Horses and other goodly Creatures, to secure them againht Fascination: and for those of a more confin'd Understanding, who pretend not to Centure, as tbey admire most what they least comprehend, so his Verses (main to that degree that himself Searce knew what to make of many of them) might that way at least have a Title to some Admiration; which is no small matter, if what an old A4thór observes be true, Tbat the Aim of Orators, is Victory; of Historians, Truth; and of Posts; Admiration. He had reason therefore to indulge those Faults in his Book whereby it might be reconciled to fome, and commended to others.

The Printer also be thought would fare the worse, of those Faults were amended; for we see maimed Statues fell better than whole ones, and clipt and washt Money goes about, when the entire and weighty lies boarded up. These are the Reasons which for above twelve years past he has opposed to our Request; To which it was reply'd, that as it would be too late to recall that which had so long been made publick, so might it find Excuse from his Youth (the Season it was produced in :) And for what had been done fince, and now added, if it commend Hot his Poetry, it might his Philosophy, which teaches him fo chearfully to bear so great a Calamity, as the loss of the part of his Fortune (torn from him in Prison, in which, and in Banishment, the beft Portion of his Life hath also been spent) that he can still fing under the Burthen, not unlike that Roman,


Quem demisere Philippi
Decisis humilem pennis, inopem que paterni

Et Laris, & fundi
Whose Spreading Wings the Civil War had clipt,
And him of his old Patrimony stript.
Who yet not long after could say,
Musis amicus triftitiam & metus
Tradam protervis in mare Creticum

Portare ventis.
They that acquainted with the Muses be,
Send Care and Surrow by the Winds to Sea.

Not so much moved with these Reasons of oursy for pleas'd with our Rhimes) as wearied with our Importunity, he has at last given us leave to asure the Reader, That the Poems which have been fi long and so ill set forth under bis Name, are here to be found as he first writ them; as also to ada some others which have since been composed by him. And though his Advice to the contrary might have discourag'd us; yet observing how often they have been Reprinted, what Price they have born, and how earnestly they have been always enquired after, but especially of late; making good that of Horace,

Meliora dies, ut Vina, Poemata reddit: Some Verses being (like some Wines) recommended to our Taste b; Time and Age, we have adventur'd upon this new and well corrected Edition, which, for our own fakes, as well as thine, we hope will Jucceed better than he apprehended. Vivitur ingenio, cætera mortis erunt.

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