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HE first Colle&tion of this Author's Writings were published near tbirty Years ago, under
, the Title of Miscellanies in Verse and Prose. Several Years after, there appeared three Volumes of Miscellanies, with a Preface to the first, figned J. Swift and A. Pope. In these the Verses, with great Additions, were printed in a Volume by themselves. But in each Volume were mixed many Poems and Treatises, writ by the supposed Author's Friends, which we have laid aside; our Intention being only to publish the Works of one Writer. The following Poetical Volume is enlarged by above a third Part, which was never collected before, although some of them were occasionally printed in London in fingle Sheets. The rest were procured from the supposed Author's, Friends, who at their earnest Request were permitted to take Copies.
The following Poems chiefly confift either of Himour or Satyr, and very often of both together. What Merit they may have, we confess ourselves to be no Judges of in the leaft; but out of due Regard to a Writer, from whose Works we hope to receive Some Benefit, we cannot conceal what we have heard
from several Persons of great Judgment; that the Author never was known either in Verse or Prose to borrow any Thought, Simile, Epithet, or particular
Manner of Style; but whatever be writ, whether. good, bad, or indifferent, is an Original in itself.
Although we are very sensible, thật in some of be following Poems, the Ladies may resent certain Satyrıcal Touches against the mistaken Condu&t in
fome of the fair Sex: And that, some warm PerSons on the prevailing Side, may censure this Author, whoever be be, for not thinking in publick Matters exa&tly like themselves : Yet we have been afsured by several judicious and learned Gentlemen, that what the Author bath here writ, on either of those two Şubje&ts, had no other Aim than to reform the Errors of both Sexes. If the Publick be right in its Conje&tures of the Author, nothing is better known in London, than that while be bad Credit at the Court of Queen Anne, be employed so much of it in favour of Whigs in both Kingdoms, that the Ministry used to railly bim as the Advocate of that Party, for several of whom be got Employments, and preserved otbers from losing what they had : Of which fome Infances remain eyen in this Kingdom. Besides, be then writ and declared against the Pretender, with equal Zeal, though not with equal Fury, as any of our modern Wbigs; of which Party be always professed himself to be as to Politicks, as the Reader will find in many Parts of his Works.
Our Intentions were to print the Poems accord. ing to the Time they were writ in; but we could not do it so exactly as we desired, because we could never get the least Satisfaction in that or many other Circumstances from the supposed Author.
HE bumble Petition of Frances Harris.
Page 1 A Ballad in Lady Betty Berkeley.
P. 9 Verses wrote on a Lady's Ivory Table Book.
PII The Description of a Salamander,
P. 13 On Mrs. Biddy Floyd. Apollo outwitted.
p. 17 Baucis and Philemon.
P. 21 Vanbrug's House.
P.30 The History of Vanbrug's House.
P. 36 A Description of a City Shower.
P. 39 A Description of the Morning.
p. 43 The Virtues of Šid Hamer the Magician's Rod.
p. 44 Atlas, or the Minister of State. Epigram
P.SI Cadenus and Vanella. The Fable of Midas.
P.93 The Faggot.
P.97 Horace, Epifle VII. Book I.
P. 100 Horace, lib. 2. Sat. 6. Part of it imitated. An Elegy on the fupposed Death of Patrige} p. 114
the Almanack-Maker. Phyllis; or the Progress of Love.
P. 120 Stella's
Stella at Wood-Park.
A Pastoral Dialogue.