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Rufinus; or, the Favourite. Imitated from Just as you please; or, the Incurious
his disputing publicly at Christ Church, Thame and Isis
The Map of Honour. Occasioned by a Post Verses by Lord Halifax, Prom Dr. 2. Grey's
The Author's Life, by Dr. Johnson ....... .... 345 Deborah
A Fairy Tale, in the ancient English Style 353 | Hymn for Evening
The Convert's Love.......
On Queen Anne's Peace. (Written in December
Bacchus; or, the drunken Metamorphosis ... 368 Chloris appearing in a Looking-Glass.. 412
POEMS OF GARTH.
433 On ber Majesty's Statue in St. Paul's Church
A POEM IN SIX CANTOS.
TO HIS GRACE
THE DUKE OF ORMOND.
OME estates are held in England, by paying a fine at the change of every lord: I have enjoyed the patronage of your family, from the time of your excellent grandfather to this present day. 'I have dedicated the translation of the lives of Plutarch to the first duke; and have celebrated the memory of your heroic father. Though I am very short of the age of Nestor, yet I have lived to a third generation of your house, and, by your grace's favour, am admitted still to hold from you by the same tenure.
I am not vain enough to boast, that I have deserved the value of so illustrious a line; but my fortune is the greater, that, for three descents, they bave been pleased to distinguish my poems from those of other men, and have accordingly made me their peculiar care. May it be permitted me to say, that, as your grandfather and father were cherished and adorned with honours by two successive monarchs, so I have been esteemed and patronized by the grandfather, the father, and the son, descended from one of the most ancient, most conspicuous, and most deserving families in Europe.
It is true, that by delaying the payment of my last fine, when it was due by your grace's accession to the titles and patrimonies of your house, I may seem, in rigour of law, to have made a forfeiture of my claim; yet my heart has always been devoted to your service: and since you have been graciously pleased, by your permission of this address, to accept the tender of my duty, it is not yet too late to lay these volumes at your feet. ,
The world is sensible that you worthily succeed, not only to the honours of your ancestors, but also to their virtues. The long chain of magnanimity, courage, easiness of access, and desire of doing good even to the prejudice of your fortune, is so far from being broken in your grace, that the precious metal yet runs pure to the newest link of it; which I will not call the last,