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LONDON:
Printed by E. P. for Geo. Sawbridge, in

Little-Britain, 1704.

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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 themselves Obnoxious to that Satyrical Inspiration, our Author wittily in,

vokes ;

Which made them, though it were

in spight Of Nature, and their Stars to write.

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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 Geles brated Poets of the Age they lived in. But these last are Raræ Aves in Terris

, to when the Muses have not disdained the Agistances of other Arts and Sciences, we are then bless'd with those lasting Monuments of Wit and Learning, which may juftly claim a kind of Eternity upon Earth. And our Author,' had his Modesty permitted him, might with Horace, have said,

Exegi Monumentum Ære peren

nius;

Or with Ovid,

Jamque opus Exegi, quod nec Jo

vis ira, nec ignis, Nec poterit ferrum, nec edax

abolere Vetuftas.

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The Author of this Celebrated Poemd, was of this last Composition ; for althohe had not the Happiness of an Academical Education, as fome affirm, it may

be

pere, ceiv'd, throughout his whole Poem, that he had read much, and was very well accomo plished in the most useful Parts of Human Learning

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Rapin (in his Reflections) Speaking of the necessary. Qualities belonging to a Poet ; tells us, he must have a Genius exo, traordinary, great Natural Gifts, a Wit Juft, Fruitful, Piercing, Salid, and Universal; an Understanding, clean and distin£t ; an Imagination, neat and pleasant si an Elevation of Soul; that depends not 014 by an Art or Study, but is purely a Gift of Heaven, which must be sustain'd by a lively Sense and Vivacity; Judgment to consder wisely of Things, and Vivacity for the Beautiful Expression of them, &c.

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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