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W O R K S
IN EIGHT VOLUMES.
The Genuine Text (collated with all the former
is here settled :
Being restored from the Blunders of the first Editors,
By Mr. Pope and Mr. W AR BURTON.
Quorum omnium Interpretes, ut Grammatici, Poetarum
Cic. de Divin.
Η ΤΩΝ ΛΟΓΩΝ ΚΡΙΣΙΣ ΠΟΛΛΗΣ ΕΣΤΙ ΠΕΙΡΑΣ
Long. de Sublim.
MRS. A L L E N
P R I OR-P A R K
N EAR B A T H.
M AD A M,
DDRESSES of this Nature have been long the customary Tribute of Letters to superior
Merit: And tho' Flattery may have thrown them i.:to Disrepute, yet this concludes no more against the Continuance of honest Praise, than HyVOL. I.
pocrisy does against the Practice of Re- :: ligion. But Adulation no sooner began setter to belye its Subject, than it perverted dotyp the very Purpose of its Application; lic while, amongst its many artful tra- LHO verses rit would now beg Protection for din the Book; and, now again, constitute the Patron the sovereign Judge of its for Merito ..!". ora!, : be 1. In this Light, Madam, you might reafonably wonder to see a Collection of Plays dedicated to one who reads few Books besides those of Piety and Moral; and will think, the Address might have been made with fomewhat Jess Impropriety even to a Biskop. This is true : but, as I said, this literary Corinexion is not, of right, between the Patron and the Work ;- but between him and the Author, Who, to carty con his Commerce with a good: Con
science, muft therefore search vnarrowly . - for® Subject/ whichnwill not dishonour IgM s lu duziqqol nuob - Letters,
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Letters, while he is giving that to Me rit, which only Letters can bestow. But I need not be alham'd to say, that the Knowledge of you, hašs at the same time, abridged my Labour, and rem warded the Integrity of my Purpose. For if Friendship, Generosity, and the Benevolence of Charity, added to every female Virtue that most adorns your Sex, demand this Acknowledgment, it would be hard to find where it should be earlier paid, or to whom, in fuller Measure, returned. jor If any now should affect to ask, What Stranger this is, of whom so much as faid? Let him know, that this his - Ignorance is your supreme Praise ; whose Matron-modesty of Virtue declines all Notice, but where the Influence of your domestie Character extendea If, haply, výou havel any further Ambition, it is only this, the being known to constitute the domestic Happiness of a Man