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In poetis, non Homero soli locus est (ut de Græcis loquar) aut Archilocho, aut

Sophocli, aut Pindaro: sed horum vel secundis, vel etiam infra secundos.

CICERO.

This at least my little Work can say,
Above some volumes of the present day,
That nought will here insult the reader's eye,
Offensive or to Truth or Decency;
No modish vice it softens, to engage
The eager notice of a modish age;
No dark malignant hints are here thrown out,
To furnish scandal for my Lady's rout;
No scenes laid open to offend the eye
Or tinge the cheek of virgin Modesty;
No! ye who subjects such as these pursue,
Lay down my Book !—It will not do for you.

INTRODUCTION.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY T. DAVISON, WAITEFRIARS ;

AND SOLD BY

G. WILKIE AND J. ROBINSON, PATERNOSTER-ROW;
AND DEIGHTON, CAMBRIDGE.

1812.

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