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The First PART.

WRITTEN

In the Time of the

Late Wars.

Corrected and Amended,

With Several

ADDITIONS and ANNOTATIONS.

LONDON:

Printed by J. M. for Geo. Sawbridge;
and Sold by Matth. Hawkins, at the
Angel in St. Paul's Church-Yard. 1709.

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TO THE

READER.

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Oeta nafcitur, non fit,is a Sentence
Truth as Antiquity; it

of as great
being moft certain, that all the acquir'd
Learning imaginable is infufficient to com-
pleat a Poet, without a Natural Genius
and Propenfity to fo Noble and Sublime an
Art. And we may without Offence obferve,
that many very Learned Men, who have
been ambitious to be thought Poets, bave
only render'd themselves Obnoxious to that
Satyrical Infpiration, our Author wittily
invokes

Whichmade them, though it were
in fpigh t

Of Nature and their Stars, to write.

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On the other fide, fome who have had very little Human Learning, but were endued with a large fhare of Natural Wit and Parts, have become the moft Celebrated Poets of the Age they lived in. But as thefe laft are Rara Aves in terris, fo when the Mufes have not difdained the Affistances of other Arts and Sciences, we are then bless'd with thofe lasting Monuments of Wit and Learning, which may justly claim a kind of Eternity upon Earth. And our Author, had his Modesty permitted him, might with Horace, have faid,

Shakespear, D'Ave

nant, &c.

Exegi Monumentum Ære perennius;

Or with Ovid,

Jamque opus Exegi, quod pec Jo-
vis ira, nec ignis,
Nec poterit ferrum, nec edax
abolere Vetuftas.

The

The Author of this Celebrated Poem, was of this laft Compofition; for altho' be had not the Hippinefs of an Academical

Education, as fome affirm, it may be per

ceiv'd, throughout his whole Poem, that be had read much, and was very well accomplished in the most useful Parts of Human Learning.

Rapin (in his Reflections) Speaking of the neceffary Qualities belonging to a Poet; tells us, he must have a Genius extraordinary, great Natural Gifts; a Wit, just, fruitful, piercing, folid and univerfal; an Understanding, clean and dif tinet; an Imagination, neat and pleasant; an Elevation of Soul, that depends not only on Art or Study, but is purely a Gift of Heaven, which must be fuftain'd by a lively Senfe and Vivacity; Judgment to confider wifely of Things, and Vivacity for the Beautiful Expression of them, &c.

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Now, how juftly this Character is due to our Author, I leave to the Impartial Reader, and thofe of nicer Judgments, who A 3

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