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S the mind of man is ever fond of variety;

nothing seems better calculated to entertain, than a judicious collection of the smaller, though not on that account less laboured, productions of eminent poets : an entertainment, not unlike that which we receive from surveying a finished landfchape, or well disposed piece of thell-work: where each particular object, tho' singly beautiful, and sufficiently striking hy itself, receives an additional charm, thus, as Milton expresses 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 sufficiently scrupulous and cautious in their choice, as several pieces are admitted, among the rest, which would otherwise utterly have perished, and which had no other recommendation, than that they served to swell the volume. Since this, many nuiscellanies have been published both in Scotland and England : to enumerate which A 2

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