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Of JANUARY and May, The Wife
of Bath, and TRANSLATIONS of STATIUS and Ovid, and the ImiTATIONS of some English Poets.
HE first dawnings of polite lite
rature in Italy, appeared in talewriting and fables.
Boccace gave a currency and vogue to this species of composition. He collected many of the common tales of his country, and delivered them in Vol. II.