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THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

ALEXANDER POPE.

TO WHICH IS PREFEED,

A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.

VOL. II.

BRISTOL, R. I.
J. GLADDING & CO.

1836.

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POETICAL WORKS

OF

ALEXANDER POPE.

EPISTLE TO DR. ARBUTHNOT

BEING

THE PROLOGUE TO THE SATIRES.

ADVERTISEMENT To the first Publication of this Epislle. This paper is a sort of bill of complaint, begun many

years since, and drawn up by snatches, as the several occasions offered. I had no thoughts of publishing it, till it pleased some persons of rank and fortune, (the authors of Verses to the imitator of Horace, and of an Epistle to a Doctor of Divinity from a Nobleman at Hampton Couri] to attack, in a very extraordinary manner, not only my writings (of which, being public, the public is judge) but my person, morals, and family; whereof, to those who know me not, a truer informa. tion may be requisite. Being divided between the necessity to say something of myself, and my own lazi. ness to undertake so awkward a task, I thought it the shortest way to put the last hand to this Epistle. If it have any thing pleasing, it will be that by which I am most desirous to please, the truth and the sentiment; and if any thing offensive, it will be only to those I am

least sorry to offend, the vicious or the ungenerous. Many will know their own pictures in it, there being

not a circumstance but what is true; but I have, for the most part, spared their names; and they may escape being laughed at, if they please.

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