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The First PART.
In the Time of the
Corrected and Amended,
ADDITIONS and ANNOTATIONS.
Printed by J. M. for Geo. Sawbridge';
and Sold by Matth. Hawkins, at the
Oeta nascitur, non fit,is a Sentence
of as great Truth as Antiquity; it being most certain, that all the acquir’d Learning imaginable is insufficient to compleat a Poet, without a Natural Genius and Propensity to fo Noble and Sublime an Art. And we may without Offence observe, that many very Learned Men, who have been ambitious to be thought Poets, bave only render'd themselvesObnoxious to that Satyrical Inspiration, our Author wittily invokes ;
Whichmade them, though it were
in spight Of Nature and their Stars, to write.
On the other side, some who have had very little Human Learning, but were en
dued with a large share of Shakespear, D'Ave. Natural Wit and Parts,
have become the most Celebrated Poets of the Age they lived in. But as these laft are Raræ Aves in terris, so when the Muses have not disdained the Asistances of other Arts and Sciences, we are then bless’d with those 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 said,
Exegi Monumentum Ære peren
Or with Ovid,
Jamque opus Exegi, quod pec Jo
vis ira, nec ignis, Nec poterit ferrum, nec edax
The Author of this Celebrated Poem, was of this last Composition ; for altho'be had not the Hippiness of an Academical Education, as some affirm, it may be perceiv’d, throughout his whole Poem, that be bad read much, and was very well accomplished in the most useful Parts of Human Learning
Rapin (in his Reflections) speaking of the necessary Qualities belonging to a Poet; tells us, be must have a Genius extraordinary, great Natural Gifts; a Wit, just, fruitful
, piercing, folid and universal; an Understanding, clean and dis tin&t ; 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 he sustain'd by a lively Sense and Vivacity; Judgment to confider wisely of Things, and Vivacity for the Beautiful Expression of them, &c.
Now, how justly this Character is die to our Author, I leave to the Impartial Redder, and those of nicer Judgments, who