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P. 281. * Prologue to the Comedy of The BeGGAR'S
BUSH, spoken at WYNNSTAY, Christmas, 1778.
The Rev. JOSEPH WARTON, D.D.
MASTER of WINCHESTER SCHOOL;
The Rev. THOMAS WARTON, B. D.
FELLOW of TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD,
MY DEAR FRIENDS!
N a conversation, some months ago, I happened
to mention to you the idea I had long entera tained of that celebrated Epistle of Horace, com monly distinguilhed by the title of THE ART OF POETRY. I will not say that you acceded to my opinion; but I Aatter myself that I, in some degree interested your curiosity, and engaged your attentions our discourse at lealt revived an intention I had once formed, of commụnicating my thoughts on the subm ject to the Publick; an intention I had only dropt for want of leisure and inclination to attempt translation of the Epistle, which I thought neceflary to accompany the original, and my remarks on it.