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P R E F A CE.
HE Publication of the following Sheets is in Com
pliance with the Request of many of Mr. Byrom's Friends, who were much pleased with some of his poetical Compositions, which had calually circulated in his Life-time. Much might here be said of the Author's learned, and poetical Talents; but it does not seem to be the Business of an Editor to endeavour to anticipate the Reader's Judgment—By it's own intrinsic Worth, and the candid Opinion of the Public, the following Work is left to stand, or fall.
A Deference due to the Public may however make it necessary to assure them, that the Poems here presented are the genuine Production of Mr. Byrom. They are carefully transcribed from kis own Manuscripts; but as many of them were written rather for private, than for public Perufal, it is hoped that all favourable Allowance will be made for small Inaccuracies.
The Reader may be surprized perhaps to find in these Volumes so many learned, and critical Questions discussed in Verse This is indeed a Singularity almost peculiar to our Author: but he had so accustomed himself to the Language of Poetry, that he always found it the easiest Way of exprefling his Sentiments upon all Occations. He himself used to give this Reason to his Friends for treating fuch Subjects in so uncommon a Method;
and it is prefumed, that, if they are not found deficient in other Refpects, the Novelty of the Manner will be rather a Recommendation than otherwise.
At a Time when Party-Disputes are so happily subfided, it may seem to want an Apology, that, in the following Collection, fome few Pieces are inserted, which appear to be tinctured with a Party-Spirit A small Attention however will convince the warmeit Partizan, that what Mr. Byrom has written of this Cast was intended to foften the Asperity, and prevent the Mischiefs of an over, heated Zeal. Since this was the Author's chief Motive for writing, it is imagined no other Apology will be necessary for the Publication of such Pieces.
The great: Tiyibị of Christianity had made, from his earliest Years,•4:deep::Impression upon the Author's Mind;
and as •iť :was his Männer to commit his Senti, ments, of every Bisa, •:• erle, so he had a peculiar Pleasure in employing his Pen upon serious Subjects To the Purposes of Instruction, and the Interests of Virtue, all his Abilities were ever made subfervient, This will appear, more particularly, from the second Volume of the following Sheets, in which it was thought proper to select such Pieces as treat on Subjects of a deeper, and more important Nature--The Reader, it is not doubted, will be pleased to find that the Author's natural Talent for Wit, and Humour, has so often given place to Something more folid and fubftantial.
C Ο Ν Τ Ε Ν Τ S
Of the FIRST VOLUME.
A Pastoral — first printed in the 816 Vol. of the Speftator. I
A Description of TUNBRIDGE, in a Letter to P. M. Efq;
5 A full and true Account of an horrid and barbarous Rob
bery, committed on EPPING FOREST, on the Body of
the CAMBRIDGE COÁCH, in a Latter to M. F. Esq; 13 A Letter to R. L. E/q; on his Departure from LONDON. 18 Verses Spoken EXTEMPORE, at the Meeting of a Club,
upon the President's appearing in a black Bob Wig, who usually wore a white Tye.
23 The Astrologer.
29 Content ment, or the happy Workman's Song.
33 The Dilection of a BEAU'S HEAD, from the SPECTATOR, No. 275
37 A Song
41 EXTEMPORE Verses, upon a Trial of Skill between the
two great Masters of the noble Science of Defence, Melrs. FIG and SUTTON.
43 Verses spoken at the breaking up of the FREE GRAMMAR
SCHOOL 'in MANCHESTER.The Three Black
Crows, a Tale. Verles spoken on the same Occasion with the preceding. 52 The Ape and the Fox, a Fable, spoken on the fame Occasion 56