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but, to patronize her more antient Votarys at this time, is not more honourable to our Nation, than necefsary for them : Since so much Prejudice has been ungratefully rais'd against them, by those, who have been most improv'd by their Writings.
When therefore I was moved by the BRITISH MUSE to recommend these Antients to a Patron moft eminent for Abilities and Inclination to protect them; one of sufficient Knowledge to plead their Merits, and Interest to promote their Cause; I was presently by her inspired, to make this Oblacion to your LADYSHIP, so nearly ally'd in Genius and Judgment to her, that I could not distinguish
your Name, but as another for her own:
Whatever Impropriecies the Witry or the Wise may find in other Parts of
my Choice Throughout this Collection, I dare stand their Test in this. And I am persuaded, the Authors themselves, could not be better fatiffied with all the Justice that might be paid them, in reviving their Performances; than with so much Credit as they may receive from your Ladyship's Approbation. I am but their Sollicitor, and could not have the Boldness to sue for your Favour, but under the Umbrage of their Deserts. Alexander saved Part of from Destruction, for the N1
only of one Poet: Here' the Meries of many Poets sue for the Protection only of one Book
With the most profound Respect,
Your Ladyswip's most obedient,
225) PA N D E R.
N 'M kept for pleasure, though I never
taste it. For 'tis the usher's office, still to cover His lady's private meetings with her lover.
Marson's Insatiate Countess.
1. At best 'tis but a goodly pandarism.
Not shap'd into a garment fit for wearing,
John Ford's Fancy chaft and noble.
Malinger's Emperor of the East.
Crown's Sir Courtly Nice.
Shakespear's Timon. ::. May you a better feast never behold,
You knot of mouth-friends: smoke, and luke-warm water