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As the mind of a man is ever fond of variety, nothing seems better calculated to entertain, than a judicious collection of the smaller, though not on that account less laboured productions of eminent poets : an entertainment, not unlike that which we receive from surveying a finished landscape, or well disposed piece of thell-work; where each particular object, tho’ singly beautiful, and sufficiently striking by itself, receives an additional charm, thus, as Milton expresses it, SWEETLY


The first miscellaneous collection of poems, that ever appeared in Great Britain with any reputation, is that published by Dryden, which was afterwards continued by Tonson. There are many pieces of the higheit merit in this collection, by Dryden, Denham, Creech, Drayton, Garth, Marvell, and many others; yet the compilers, it is evident, were not always fufficiently fcrupulous and cautious in their choice, as several pieces are admitted, among the rest, which would otherwise

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