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The Genuine Text (collated with all the former
Editions, and then corrected and emended)

is here settled :

Being restored from the Blunders of the first Editors,

and the Interpolations of the two Lafts

WITH

A Comment and Notes, Critical and Explanatory,

By Mr. Pope and Mr. WAR BURTON.

Quorum omnium Interpretes, ut Grammatici, Poetarum
proximè ad eorum, quos incerpretantur, divinationem vi-
dentur accedere.

Cic. de Divin.

“Η ΤΩΝ ΛΟΓΩΝ ΚΡΙΣΙΣ ΠΟΛΛΗΣ ΕΣΤΙ ΠΕΙΡΑΣ
ΤΕΛΕΥΤΑΙΟΝ ΕΠΙΓΕΝΝΗΜΑ. .

Long. de Sublim.

L O N D ON:
Printed for J. and P. Knapton, S. Birt, T. Longman and
T. Shewell, H. Lintott, C. Hitch, J. Brindley, J. and R. Ton-
son and S. Draper, R. Wellington, E. New, and B. Dod.

MDCCXLVII.

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MRS. A LLEN

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PRIOR-PARK

NEAR BAT H.

MAD AM,

DDRESSES of this Nature have been long the customary Tribute of Letters to superior

Merit: And tho' Flattery may have thrown them in to Disrepute, yet this concludes no more against the Continuance of honest Praise, than HyVOL. I.

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pocrisy does against the Practice of Religion. But Adulation no sooner began to belye its Subject, than it perverted the very Purpose of its Application; while, amongst | its many artful traverses; it would how beg Protection for the Book; and, now again, constitute the Patron the sovereign Judge of its Merit.

3915 1. In this Light, Madam, you might "Teafonably 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

less Impropriety even to a Bishop. This is true : but, as I said, this literary Connexion is not, of right, between the Patron and the Work

Work ;- but between him and the AuthorWho, to carry son his Commerce with a good Con<science, muft therefore search vnarrowly - for a Subject which will not dishonour med slingeli vi saob - Letters,

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4. DEDICATION Letters, while he is giving that to Me rit, which only Letters can bestow. Buc I need not be asham'd to fay, that the Knowledge of you, hašs, at the same time, abridged my Labour, and rewarded 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 ibe earlier paid, or to whom, in fuller Measure, returned. and If any now should affect to ask, What Stranger this is, of whom so much - is said? Let him know, that this his - Ignorance is your supreme Praise; whose Matron-modesty of Virtue declineş all Notice, but where the Influence of your

domestic Character extends. If, haply, you have any further Ambition, it is only this, the being known toc constitute the domestic Happiness of a Man

who

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