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3dly, That you be always provided with a due assortment of true, good-looking, and legitimate words; and that you do take all necessary care not to apply them but on their proper occasions; as, for example, not to talk of dove-eyed peace, nor the gentle olive, in time of war; nor of trumpets, drums, fifes, nor ECHOING CARS *, in times of peace-as, for the sake of poetical conveniency, several of your predecessors have been known to do.

4thly, That as the Sovereign for the time being must always be the best, the greatest, and the wisest, that ever existed; so the year also, for the time being, must be the happiest, the mildest, the fairest, and the most prolific that ever occurred.-What reflections upon the year past you think proper.

5thly, That Music being a much higher and diviner science than Poetry, your Ode

* It is evident, from this expression, that these Instructions had not been delivered to Mr. Warton at the time of his writing his last famous Ode on the Birth day of His Majesty a circumstance which makes that amazing composition still more extraordinary.

must always be adapted to the Music, and not the Music to your Ode.-The omission of a line or two cannot be supposed to make any material difference either in the poetry

or in sense.

6thly, That as these sort of invitations have of late years been considered by the Muses as mere cards of compliment, and of course have been but rarely accepted, you must not waste more than twenty lines in invoking the Nine, nor repeat the word "Hail!" more than fifteen times at farthest,

7thly, and finally, That it may not be amiss to be a little intelligible *.

* This is an additional proof that Mr. Warton had not received the Instructions at the time he composed his said Ode.

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THE very favourable reception given to the ROLLIAD, and PROBATIONARY ODES, has induced the Editor to conceive, that a collection of political Jeux d'Esprit, by the authors of those celebrated performances, would prove equally acceptable. Various publications upon a similar plan have already been attempted; but their good things have been so scantily interspersed, that they have appeared like GRATIANO'S reasons, as two grains of WHEAT in a "bushel of CHAFF." In the present edition are contained not only a number of pieces which have at different times been given to the Public, but also a variety of Original Articles, which but for the flattering

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