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Cathanne Scott jany 14th 1762 the Gift of her brin Francis Scott XL 11.3

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M.DCC.LIX.

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S the mind of man is ever fond of variety; nothing feems better calculated to entertain, than a judicious collection of the smaller, though not on that account lefs laboured, productions of eminent poets: an entertainment, not unlike that which we receive from surveying a finished landschape, or well difpofed piece of fhell-work: where each particular object, tho' fingly beautiful, and fufficiently striking by itself, receives an additional charm, thus, as Milton expreffes it, SWEETLY

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The first miscellaneous collection of poems, that ever appeared in Great-Britain with any reputation, is that published by Dryden : which was afterwards continued by Tonfon. There are many pieces of the highest merit in this collection, by Dryden, Denham, Creech, Drayton, Garth, Marvell, and many others; yet the compilers, it is evident, were not always fufficiently fcrupulous and cautious in their choice, as several pieces are admitted, among the reft, which would otherwife utterly have perifhed, and which had no other recommendation, than that they served to swell the volume. Since this, many mifcellanies have been published both in Scotland and England: to enumerate which A 2

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