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CANONS of CRITICISM,

'AND

GLOSSARY;

THE

Trial of the Letter T, alias Y,

AND

SO N. N E T S.

By THOMAS EDWARDS, Esq;

L O N D 0 N:

Printed for C. BATHURST, opposite St. Dunstan's

Church in Fleet-street.

M.DCC.LVIII.

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HE Canons of Criticism, and the Sonnets

printed in Dodfey's Miscellanys were so well received by the best Judges, that it is presumed the Republication of them, together with the other pieces, which the Author left behind him, and which he had prepared for the press before his last illness, will be agreeable to the Public. The twenty-seven Sonnets, which now appear for the first time, are in the same taste with those in Dodsley's volumę, correct, simple, not aiming at points or turns, in the phrase and structure rather ancient, for the most part of a grave, or even of a melancholy cast ; formed in short upon the model of the Italians of the good age, and of their Imitators among us, Spenser and Milton. The Trial of the letter Y is a very sensible piece of English criticism; a study, of which the Author was particularly fond, and in which few have shewn so exact a caste.

Mr. Edwards was a Barrister of Lincoln's-inn, Son and Grandson of two worthy Gentlemen of the same profession; he had a liberal Education, and an independent Fortune. For his Character we may with the strictest jus*A 2

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tice refer to his Epitaph, in the Church-yard of Ellesborough in Buckinghamshire.

Under this stone are depofited the Remains of Thomas Edwards, Esq; of Turrick in this parish, where he spent the last seventeen years

of a studious, usefull life.

He was sincere and constant in the profeffion and practise of Christianity, without Narrowness or Superftition;

steadily attached to the cause of Liberty, nor lefs an enemy to Licenciousnefs and Faction

; in his Poetry simple, elegant, pathetic ;

in bis Criticism exact, acute, temperate ; affectionate to his Relations, cordial to his Friends, in the general Commerce of life obliging and entertaining. He bore a tedious and painfull diftemper with a Patience, which could cnly arise from a habit of Virtue and Piety; and quitted this life with the decent unconcern of one, whofe hopes are firmly fixed on a better.

He dy'd on the IIId day of January MDCCLVII, aged LVIIE.

and this stone is inscribed to his memory,

with the truest concern and gratitude, by his two Nephews and Heirs, Joseph Paice and Nathanael Mafon.

The Gentleman, whofe asistance Mr. Edwards acknowledges in the Preface, was Mr. Roderick, Fellow of Magdalen-college in Cambridge, and of the Royal and Antiquarian Societys. He dy'd some litcle time before his friend, bequeathing to him such of his Papers, as related to the Canons of Criticism : And the. Additions to that work from those papers are inserted in their proper, places.

CANONS of CRITICISM,

AND

GLOSSARY,

BE IN GA

SU PPL E M E N T

то.

Mr. WARBURTON's Edition

OF

SHAKESPEAR.

Collected from

The NOTES in that celebrated Work,

And proper to be bound up with it.

By the OTHER GENTLEMAN of Lincoln's-Inn.

There is not a more melancholy object in the learned world, than a

man who has written himself down.-- In this case one would wish that his friends and relations would keep him from the use of pen, ink, and paper, if he is not to be reclaimed by some other methods.

Addison's Freeholder, No. 40.

The Sixth EDITION, with Additions.

LONDON: Printed for C. BATHURST, opposite St. Dunstan's

Church in Fleet-street.

M.DCC.LVIII.

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