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BEAUTIES OF THE POETS:

BEING

A COLLECTION

OF

MORAL AND SACRED POETRY,

FROM THE MOST EMINENT AUTHORS.

COMPILED BY THE LATE

REV. THOMAS JANES,

OF BRISTOL.

EMBELLISHED WITH COPPER-PLATES.

* All men agree, that licentious Poems do of all writings soonest cor

rupt the heart: and why should we not be as universally persuaded, that the grave and serious performances of such as write in the most engaging manner, by a kind of divine impulse, must be the most effectual persuasives to goodness ?”-TATLER.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY C. WHITTINGHAM,

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TO

THE READER.

THE Editor of this little Volume was a person of considerable literary abilities and judgment : and had he not been taken to his reward early in life, this production proves, that mankind might have been much benefited by his judicious labours. As a COLLECTION it is inferior to none in the kingdom. And as the Compiler was justly esteemed for his piety and vivacity of spirit, so has he made choice of those pieces that cannot fail, if duly attended to, to instil into the mind of the Reader the love of virtue and true religion ; abstracted from all illiberal ideas and pedantic notions, which are only of man's in vention.

He was not confined in his sentiments to any particular human system ; but the tenor of his conduct, private and public, proved him to be actuated by the best principlesThe love of God, and of all Mankind. From such abilities, therefore, it is natural to expect the most agreeable productions; and herein, we apprehend, the judicious reader will not be disappointed.

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