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W O R K S
D. JONATHAN SWIFT.
His POETICAL WRITINGS.
Dublin printed; and Edinburgh reprinted,
For G. HAMILTON & J. BALFOUR, & L. HUNTER
at Edinburgh; and A. STALKER, at Glasgow; and
M, DCC, LII.
THE first collection of this Author's
writings were published near thirty
years ago, under the title of Mit cellanies in verse and profe. Several years after, there appeared three volumes of mifcellanies, 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 tifes, writ by the 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 single sheets.. The rest were procured from the Author's friends, who, at their earnest request, were : permitted to take copies.
The following poems chiefly confiff either of humour or satire, and very often of both together. What merit they may have, we confess ourselves to be no judges of in the least; 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, fimile, epithet, or particular manner of style; but, whatever, he - writ, whether good, bad, or indifferent, is an original in itself.