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F U G I TI V E

PIE C E S.

The Muse's labour then success shall crown,
When Folly feels her laugh, and Vice her frown,

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EDINBURGH:
PRINTED FOR WILLIAM CREBCH;
AND T. CADELL, LONDON.

M.DCC.Xci.

2705

P R E f A CE,

THERE has hitherto been no afylum for Fugitive Pieces, or Occasional Effays, in Scotland, although many such have been made in England. It is thought that a Collection might be furnished from this country, which would prove both entertaining and useful; and the Editor, impressed with this idea, has ventured to give the plan a beginning. The periodical publications give a transient existence to many papers that often deserve a better fate; and a collection of the present nature, while it preferves, in part, a view of the manners, opinions, and taste of the times as they rise, may also serve to encourage many to write oce casional papers, who are either too indolent or unambitious to appear formally as authors,

The Editor, by this collection, means to preserve such productions, either in prose or verse, as may occasionally appear and deserve

notice,

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