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S the occafion of this Poem was real, not ficti
tious; fo the method purfued in it, was rather impofed, by what fpontaneously arofe in the author's mind on that occafion, than meditated or defigned. Which will appear very probable from the nature of it. For it differs from the common mode of Poetry, which is, from long narrations to draw fhort morals. Here, on the contrary, the narrative is fhort, and the morality arifing from it makes the bulk of the Poem. The reafon of it is, That the facts mentioned did naturally pour these moral reflections on the thought of the writer.
NIGHT THE FIRST.
LIFE, DEATH, AND IMMORTALITY.
THE RIGHT HON. ARTHUR ONSLOW,
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
IR'D Nature's fweet reftorer, balmy Sleep!
He, like the world, his ready vifit pays
Tumultuous; where my wreck'd defponding thought, 1