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A

COLLECTION

OF OLD
BALL ADS.
Corrected from the best and most
Ancient Copies Extant

WITH
INTRODUCTIONS
HISTORICAL and CRITICA L.

STO RICAL

RI TICAL.

Illustrated with COPPER PLATES.

VOL. III.

Omne malum Cantu vinoq ; levato. Hor.

LOND ON:

Printed for 7. Roberts, near the Oxford-Arms in
Warwick-Lane ; D. Leach, in Black and White-Court,
in the Old-Baily, and 7. Batley, at the Dove in
Pater-Nofter-Row.M DCC XXV.

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THE
P R E F A C E

TO THE
THIRD VOLUME

OF

BALL ADS.

Cartadraat Have at length

finish'd a Work I

had long since promised, the publication of which has been retarded

A 3 by

Sikla

by divers Accidents. My two former Prefaces I wrote in a ludicrous manner; but wou'd willingly take leave of my Readers in a more serious Stile; I am not very fond of the Title of a Buffoon, nor do I think coinmon Civility inconsistent with an Author or Editor, let his Concern for the success of his Works be never so great or small.

The Design of this Work I have more than once mentioned in the

course

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