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A MES G R A INGER, M. D.
* ίοισας Ερως καλεσι, Μοισαι τον Ερωθα φερoιεν,
John Bourryau, Esq. .
HEN I first thought of prefixing
your Name to this Translation of Tibullus, I found myself considerably embarrassed ; as I would chuse to avoid the Strain of Adulation, fo common in Addresses of this Kind, on the one Hand, without suppressing the just Sense I have of your rising Merit, on the other. I shall not how. ever, I fatter myself, incur the Imputation of the first, by declaring, even in this public Manner, my Satisfaction at the Progress you have made in every Branch of useful and Polite Literature ; and this too, at a Time of Life, when young Men of Fashion are generally engrossed by the idle Amusements A 2
of an Age abounding in all the Means of Dilipation.
If your maturer Years answer, as I am convinced they will, fo favourable a Dawn, I need not a Moment hesitate, to foretel the Happiness of your Friends, in an agreeable Companion, and polite Scholar ; and of your Country, in a principled and unshaken Patriot.
It is with particular Pleasure, Sir, that I dwell, though but in Idea, on this Part of your future Character. The Time is not far off, when you will have finished the Plan of your Education, by a Survey of foreign countries : and as it will then, of Course, be expected from one of your opulent and independent Fortune, you will, I hope, devote the Fruits of your Industry to the Service of the Public :
Hunc precor, hunc utinam nobis Aurora
nitentem Luciferum roseis candida portet equis.
When you become a Member of the most august Assembly of the Nation, every Well-wisher to the Community will exult to see you unawed by Power, undazzled by Riches, and unbiaffed by Faction : an impar. tial Affertor of the just Prerogatives of the Crown, and the Liberties of the People : equally a Foe to Corruption, and a Friend to Virtue.
Such, Sir, are the Hopes which all your Friends at present conceive of you : and as your Talents, both natural and acquired, seem strongly to confirni thele Hopes, the more inexcusable you will prove should they hereafter be disappointed.
In regard to the Translation, with which I here take the Liberty to present you ; I will not pretend to say, I set no Value upon it. My offering it to you is a Proof of the contrary. Indeed, the chief Merit it has with me, is, that it formerly pleased you. It served also, to make many of my Hours pass agreeably, which otherwise would have A 3