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ever so inconsiderable or trivial. Of the Persons it was judg’d proper to give Jome account: for since it is only in this montment that they must exped to survive, (and Here survive they will, as long as the English tongue shall remain such as it was in the reigns of Queen ANN e and King Georg F) it seem'd but humanity to beftow a word or two upon each, just to toll what he was, what he writ, when he liv'd, or when he dy’d. If a word or two more are added upon the chief Offenders; 'tis only as a paper pinn'd upon the breaft, to mark the Enormities for which they suffer'd; #. the Correàion only should be remember'd, and the Crime forgotten. In some Articles, it was thought sufficient barely to transcribe from Jacob, Curl, and other writers of their own rank, who were much better acquainted with them than any of the Authors of this Comment can pretend to be. Most of them had drawn each other's Characters on certain occasions; but the few here inserted, are all that could be saved from the general destruction of such Works. Of the part of Scriblerus I need say nothing: his Mammer is well enough known, and approv’d by all but those who are too much conterm'd to be judges. The Imitations of the Antients are added, to gratify those who ...; her never read, or may bave forgotten them; together with some of the WParodies, and Allusions to the most excellent & * . . - *- - f

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the Moderms. If any man from the frequency of the former, may think the Poem too much a Cento; our Poet will but appear to have dome the same thing in jeft, which Boileau did in earneft; and upon which Vida, Fracastorius, and many of the most eminent Latin Poets profosedly valued themselves. . . . --

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