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M.” having informed me . that there was no colle&tion of
tion, I thought a few Hours spent in making a proper selection would not be ill Bestowed. Compilations of this kind are
piled with any share of judgement, it may * at once Unite precept and example, shew them what is beautiful, and inform them why it is so: I therefore offer this, to the best of my judgement, as the best collection that has yet appeared: though, as .
tastes are various, numbers will be of a very different opinion. Many perhaps may wish to see in it the poems of their favourite Authors, others may wish that I had selected from works left generally read, and others still may wish, that I had selečted from their own. But my design was to give a useful, unaffected compilation ; one that might tend tC) advance the reader's taste, and not impress him with exalted ideas of mine. Nothing so common, and yet so absurd, as affectation in criticism, The desire of being thought to , - have