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To his behefts, and act what you disdain,
sinews move The present to reclaim, the future race improve !
And drawing after all his menial fry,
TWIN-DAUGHTERS' fruitful wombs Mall rise A race of letter'd sages, deeply read In Learning's various writ: by whom y.led Through each well cultur'd plot, each beauteous grove, Where antique Wisdom whilom wont to tread,
With mingled glee and profit may ye rove, And cull each virtuous plant, each tree of knowledge prove.
LXXXVI. YourBy you
Of cell-bred discipline, and smoothe the road Thatleads through Learning's valeto Wisdom's bright abode.
“ To Learning's richest treasures to prefer “ The knowledge of the world, and man's great business there.
Her tender pupils for the various war,
With prudent lore fore-arming every age 'Gainst Pleasure's treacherousjoys,and Pain'sembattled rage
Of fordid selfishness and brutal sense,
Of worthies shall succeed, with equal pace
Who for their various merit erst renown'd,
She to the Fairy Youth with pleasure fain
r Great lives explain.] I cannot forbear taking occasion from these words to make my acknowledgements to the writers of Biographia Britannica, for the pleasure and profit I have lately received from perzusing the two firfi volumes of that useful and entertaining work, of which the monumental structure above- nentioned, decorated with the fatues of great and good men, is 120 improper emblem. This work, which contains the lives of the most eminent persons, who have flourished in Great Britain and Ireland, from the earliest ages, down to the present time, appears to me, as far as
bas hitherto gone, to be executed with great fpirit, acCuracy, and judgment; and deferrves, in my opinion, to be encouraged by all, who have at heart the honour of their Country, and that of their particular families and friends ; and who can any ways afin the ingenious and laborious authors, to render as perfect as posible, a defign fo apparently calculated to serve the publick, by setting in the trueft and fullest light the characters of persons already generally, though perhaps too indiftinatly known ; and retrieving from obfcurity and oblivion, examplest of private and retired merit, which, though less glaring and oftentatious than the former, are not, however, of a less extenfirde or less beneficial influence. To those, who may happen not to have seen this repository of British glory, I cannot give a better idea of it, than in the following lines of Virgil:
Hic manus ob patriam pugnande vulnera passi;
Quique fui memórés alios feceré merendo. to strai dona to sins
Virg. Æn. L. 6. suivat mci bogos The End of the First CANTO.