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HE intent of the following Volumes is to preserve to the Public those
poetical performances, which seemed to merit a longer remembrance than what would probably be secured to them by the Manner wherein they were originally published. This design was first suggested to the Editor, as it was afterwards conducted, by the opinions of fome Gentlemen, whose names it would do him the highest honour to mention. He desires in this place also to make his acknowledgments to the Authors of several pieces inserted in these Voluines, which were never before in print; and which, he is persuaded, would be thought to add credit to the most judicious collection of this kind in our lan VOL. I.
guage. He hath nothing farther to premise, but that the Reader must not expect to be pleased with every particular poem which is here presented to him. It is impossible to furnish out an entertainment of this nature, where every part shall be relished by every guest: it will be sufficient, if nothing is set before him, but what has been approved by those of the most acknowledged taste.
PROSPECT OF PEACE,
Α Ρ Ο Ε Μ.
To the LORD PRIVY-S E AL. b
Sacerdos Fronde fuper MITRAM, et fælici comptus oliva.
VIRO Ontending kings, and fields of death, too long
Have been the subject of the British song. Who hath not read of fam'd Ramilia's plain, Bavaria's fall, and Danube choak'd with Nain?
Exhaused a Mr. Tickell was born in the year 1686, at Bridekirk in Cumberland, where his father, a clergyman, then lived. He became a member of Queen's College, Oxford, in April 1701. On the 22d of February,
Exhausted themes! A gentler note I raise,
1708, he took the degree of M. A. and two years afterwards was chosen Fellow of his College. During his refidence at the University, the Opera of Rosamond was performed, and on its appearance, Mr. Tickell addressed a Poem to Mr. Addison, the Author, which was so well received, that it laid the foundation of an intimacy between the two friends, and proved of the greateft advantage to Mr. Tickell's fu. ture fortune. When Mr. Addison went to Ireland as Secretary to Lord Sunderland, Mr. Tickell accompanied him, and was employed in public business. In 1717, he became Under Secretary of State, and about 1725, was appointed Secretary to the Lords Justices of Ireland, a place of great honour, in the enjoyment whereof he continued unti! his death, which happened at Bath, on the 23d of April 1740.
o This was Dr. John Robinson, then Bishop of Bristol, but after. wards of London. He was born near Richmond in Yorkshire, and resided some years at Oriel College, Oxford, where he took the degree of M. A. March 5, 1683, and of D. D. by diploma, 7th of August 1710. He had lived many years in Sweden, first as Chaplain to the Ambassador, and afterwards in the quality of Ambassador himself. In both these stations he conducted himself with great credit and advantage to the government. On his return home, he was preferred to a Prebend at Canterbury, then to the Deanry of Windsor, and afterwards to the Bishoprick of Bristol. In 1711, the custody of the Privy Seal was given to him, and he was nominated one of the Plenipotentiaries to negotiate the treaty of Utrecht. On the 13th March, 1713, he was wanflated to the See of London, and died 11th of April 1723.
While ease and pleasure make the nations smile,
Well sends our Queen her mitred BRISTOL forth,
So when great Moses, with JEHOVAH's wand,
O thou, from whom these bounteous blessings flow,
• Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, joint Plenipotentiary with Bishop Robinson. He died in the year 1739: