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On the whole, the Advar Edition, above the precedin That it is the first comple which has ever been made ginal Writings ; That all 1 poems, of early or later da given to the public with his lat and improvements; That a ber of his verses are here first the Manuscript-copies of h poems of later date; That notes of the Author's are he his Poems; and lastly, that se both in prose and verse, mak first apearance before the Publ
The Author's life deserves lume; and the Editor intends For to have been one of the fi the world is but his second pi was in a higher Class. He of the noblest works of God. I honest Man". A Man who alone more real Virtue than, in ver times, needing a Satirist like h. sometimes fall to the share of mu
*"A wit's a feather, and a chief's a rod, “ An honest Man's the noblest work of G.
trust it to my Life to confute them) may I find a friend as careful of my honest, famé as I have been of His! Together, with his Works, he hath bequeathed me his Dunces. So that as the property is transferred, I could wish they would now let bis memory alone. The veil which Death draws over the Good is so sacred, that to throw dirt upon the Shrine scandalizes even Barbarians. And though Rome permitted her Slaves to calumniate her best Citizens on the day of Triumph, yet the same petulancy at their Funeral would have been rewarded with execration and a gibbet. The Public may be malicious: but is rarely vindi&tive or ungenerous. It would abhor these insults on a writer dead, tho’ it had born with the ribaldry, or even set the ribalds on work, when he was alive. And in this there was no great harm: for he must have a strange impotency of mind whom such miserable fcriblers can ruffle. Of all that gross Beotian phalanx who have written fcurrilously against me, I know not so much as one whom a writer of reputation would
not wish to have his enemy, or whom a man of honour would not be ashamed to own for his friend. I am indeed but slightly conversant in their works, and know little of the particulars of their defamation, To my Authorship they are heartily welcome. But if any of them have been so abandoned by Truth as to attack my moral character in any instance whatsoever, to all and every one of these, and their abettors, I give the lye in form, and in the words of honest Father Valerian, MENTIRIS IMPUDENTISSIME,