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Fragment of a Satire . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.17

Macer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - • 42O

Sylvia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 42 I

Artemisia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 422

Phryne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 423

Impromptu to Lady Winchelsea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • - - 424

Eigrain . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ib.

To Mrs. Martha Blount, on her Birthday . . . . . . . . . • - 42.5

Song by a Person of Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .426

Dallad on Nelly . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - • . . 427

Ode ch the Longitude . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - 429

Epigram cn Handel and Lononcini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 430

On Mrs. Toits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - ib.

Two or Three, or a Receipt to m 'ke a Cuckold . . . . . . . ib.

Jopogram in a Maid of Honour's Prayer Book . . . . . . . . . 43 I

The Balance of Europe . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - . . ib.

A panegyrical Epistle to Mr. T. Snow . . . . . . - - - - - - - 4.32

A Ballad on Quadrille . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 435

Molly Mog . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.38

A new Song of new Similes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • 44O

Newgate's Garland : on Jonathan Wild . . . . . . . . . . . . 443

Strephon and Flavia . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - . . . . . . . 445

The Quidnunck is . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . . . . . 446

Ay and No ; a Fable . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 448

The Lamentation of Glendolclotch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450

Mary Gulliver to Captain Lent, 1 Gulliver . . . . . . . . . . 453

To Qginous Flestrin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - 457

A gentle Echo on Woman . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - 459

Epitaph on Chartres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 461

Epigrams . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 462

Epitaph of By-words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - . . 463

Lpigram from the French . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ib.

Epitaph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ib.

Fpigram on the Toasts of the Kit-Cat Club . . . . . . . . . . 464

To a Lady, with the Temple of Tame . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... ib.

Verses on Sir Richard Blackmore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 465

Bounce to Fop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 407

On the Countess of Durington cutting Paper . . . . . . . . 470

On a certain Lady at Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 I

Inscription on the Picture of Mr. Pope . . . . . . . . . . . . . ib.

Inscription on the Picture of Dr. Swift . . . . . . . . . . . . . 472

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IT hath been long (my dear countrymen) the subject of my concern and surprise, that whereas numberless poets, critics, and orators have compiled and digested the art of ancient poesy, there hath not risen among us one person so publick-spirited, as to perform the like for the modern. Although it is universally known, that our every way industrious moderns, both in the weight of their writings, and in the velocity of their judgments, do so infinitely excel the said ancients. Nevertheless, too true it is, that while a plain and direct road is paved to their Joos, or sublime; no track has been yet chalked out to arrive at our 34 or, or profund. The Latins, as they came between the Greeks and us, make use of the word a titudo, which implies equally heighth and depth. Wherefore considering with no small gief, how many promising geniuses of this age are wandering (as I may say) in the dark without a guide, I have undertaken this arduous, but necessary task, to lead them as it were by the hand, and step by step, the gentle down hill way to the bathos; the bottom, the end, the central point, the mon plus ultra, of true modern Poesy' B 2. When

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When I consider (my dear countrymen) the extent, fertility, and populousness of our lowlands of Parnassus, the flourishing state of our trade, and the plenty of our manufacture; there arc two reflections, which administer great occasion of surprise; the one, that all dignities and honours should be bestowed upon the exceeding few meagre inhabitants of the top of the mountain : the other, that our own nation should have arrived to that pitch of greatness it now possesses, without any regular system of laws. As to the first, it is with great pleasure I have observed of late the gradual decay of delicacy and relinement among mankind, who are become too reasonable to require, that we should labour with infinite pains to come up to the taste of these mountaineers, when they without any may condescend to ours. ISut as we have now an unquestionable majority on our side, I doubt not, but we shall shortly be able to level the highlanders, and procure a farther vent for our own product, which is already so much relished, encouraged, and rewarded by the nobility and gentry of Great Britain.

Therefore to supply our former defect, I purpose to collect the scattered rules of our art, into regular institutes from the example and practice of the deep geniuses of our nation; imitating herein my predecessors, the master of Alexander, and the secretary of the renowned Zenobia: and in this my undertaking I am the more animated, as I expect more success than has attended even those great critics; since their laws, though they might be good, have ever been slackly executed; and their precepts, however strict, obeyed only by fits and by a very

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