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St Paul's Church Yard,
THE Compiler of the following Collection of Ancient poetical Pieces, presumes to difJent, with great deference, from the high authority of that much admired and very elegant Writer who tells us, that the “ Age of Chivalry is gone."
He flatters himself with some confidence, that there still remains among us a numerous train of those who admire the martial and heroic stile of our ancient Bards; as well as the pleasing fimplicity, and many artless. graces, with which their Works abound.Though the productions of our earlier times do not Do eminently poDefs those higher beauties that dazzle the imagination, they seldom fail to intereft the heart, and 10 awaken in it the tenderest and most pleasing emotions,
Impressed with these sentiments, the Compiler has in this selection endeavoured to rescue from the unrelenting hand of Time such of these Productions of
the Ancient Poets, as appeared to him the most worthy i of being preserved.-If his readers should but hapa
pily think his judgment equal to the industry he has employed in the occasion, he is certain he shall have rhe satisfaction to find, that he has not toiled in vain.