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OCTOR FORDYCE's excellent Ser

mons for Young Women in some meafure gave

rise to the following compilation. In that work, where he fo judiciously points out all the defects of female conduct to remedy them, and all the proper studies which they should pursue, with a view to improvement, Poetry is one to which he particularly would attach them. He only objects to the danger of pursuing this charming study through all the immoralities and false pictures of hap




piness with which it abounds, and thus be-
corning the martyr of innocent curiosity.

In the following compilation care has been
taken to select, not only such pieces as in-
nocence may read without a blush, but such
as will even tend to strengthen that inno-

In this little work a Lady may
find the most exquisite pleasure, while she is
at the same time learning the duties of life;
and, while she courts only entertainment,
be deceived into wisdom. Indeed, this
would be too great a boast in the preface to
any original work; but here it can be made
with safety, as every Poem in the following
collection would singly have procured an
Author great reputation.

They are divided into Devotional, Moral,
and Entertaining, thus comprehending the
three great duties of life; that which we
owe to God, to our neighbour, and to

In the first part, it must be confessed, our
English Poets have not very much excelled.

In that department, namely, the praise of
our Maker, by which Poetry began, and
from which it deviated by time, we are most
faultily deficient.

There are one or two,
however, particularly the Deity, by Mr.
Boyse; a Poem, when it first came out, that
lay for some time neglected, till introduced
to public notice by Mr. Hervey and Mr.
Fielding. In it the Reader will perceive
many striking pictures, and perhaps glow
with a part of that gratitude which seems to
have inspired the Writer.

In the Moral part I am more copious, from
the same reason, because our language con-
tains a large number of the kind. Voltaire,
talking of our Poets, gives them the pre-
ference in moral pieces to those of any

nation; and indeed no Poets have better
fettled the bounds of duty, or more pre-
cisely determined the rules for conduct in
life than ours. In this department the fair
Reader will find the Muse has been folicitous


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