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By GILBERT WAKEFIELD, B. Å. 11756-17"}
Oh! while along the stream of Time thy name
PRINTED, FOR THE AUTHOR,
BY A. HAMILTON:
SOLD BY PAYNE, AT THE MEWS-GATE; EGERTON,
WHITEHALL; AND KEARSLEY, FLEET-STREET.
P R E F A C E.
FOR some time past I had cherished an agreable expectation, that the remainder of Pope's works would be consigned to my care, after the new edition of his Homer, with continued notes on both Iliad and Odyssey, should be delivered to the public through my hands. But, in consequence of a previous agreement, unknown to me, privately contracted by Mr. Cadell with Dr. Warton, and the rapidity of the Doctor in a preoccupation of the press, this office has devolved upon him ; a man, by elegance of taste and variety of literary information, eminently qualified, beyond all controversy, to adorn and explain a poet, for delicacy of feeling, for accuracy of judgement, poignancy of wit, urbanity of humour, vivacity of fancy, discernment of human character, folemnity of pathos, pregnancy of fentiment, rectitude of taste, comprehensive diction, melodious numbers, and dignified morality, without a rival in antient or modern times. That my rambles, however, in this province, thus intercepted, might not perish to myself, I