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The First PART.

WRITTEN

In the Time of the

Late Wars.

Corrected and Amended,

With Several

ADDITIONS and ANNOTATIONS.

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LONDON:

Printed by E. P. for Geo. Sawbridge, in
Little-Britain, 1704.

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TO T H E

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READER.

Oeta nafcitur non fit, is a Sentence

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of as great Truth as Antiquity being most certain, that all the acquir'd Learning imaginable is infufficient to compleat a Poet, without a Natural Genius, and Propensity 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, have only render'd themfelves Obnoxious to that Satyrical Infpiration, our Author wittily in

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Which made them, though it were
in spight
Of Nature, and their Stars to write.

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 most Cete= brated Poets of the Age they lived in. But as these last are Rare Aves in Terris, fo when the Mufes have not difdained the Affiftances of other Arts and Sciences, we are then blefs'd with thofe lafting Monuments of Wit and Learning, which may justly claim a kind of Eternity upon Earth. And our Author, had his Modefty permitted him, might with Horace, have faid,

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Exegi Monumentum Ære perennius 5

Or with Ovid,

Jamque opus Exegi, quod nec Jovis ira, nec ignis,

Nec poterit ferrum, nec edax abolere Vetuftas.

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The Author of this Celebrated Poem, was of this laft Compofition; for altho' he had not the Happiness of an Academical Education, as fome affirm, it may be per ceiv'd, throughout his whole Poem, that he had read much, and was very well accom-. plifhed in the most useful Parts of Human Learning.

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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 Juft, Fruitful, Piercing, Solid, and Univerfal; an Understanding, clean and diftinct; 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 live-. ly Senfe and Vivacity; to confi der wifely of Things, and Vivacity for the Beautiful Expression of them, &c.

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Now, how justly this Character is due to our Author, I leave to the Impartial Reader, and those of nicer Judgments, who

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