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II. Shut, shut the doors, good John ! fatigu'd I said. p. 3. III. Safe from the bar, the pulpit, and the throne, &c. 108 IV. O sacred weapon left for Truth's defence, &c.

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V. Her ample presence fills up all the space. 195 VI. Here prove who heft can dash thro' thick and thir. 224

VII. And now to this side, now to that they nod, &c: 232

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VIII. A slip-shod Sibyl led his steps along.
IX. Proceed great Days!
X. My sons, be proud, be selfish, and be dull.

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The first Publication of the following Epistlr.

THIS paper is a sort of bill of complaint, begun

many years since, and drawn up by snatches, as the several occasions offered. I had no thoughts of publishing it, till it pleased some persons of rank and fortune (the authors of Verses to the Imitator of Horace, and of an Epistle to a Doctor of Divinity from a Nobleman at Hampton-Court] to attack, in a very extraordinary manner, not only my writings (of which, being public, the public is judge) but my person, morals, and family, whereof, to those who know me not, a truer information may be requisite. Being divided between the necessity to say something of myself, and my own laziness to undertake fo aukward a talk, I thought it the shortest way to put the last hand to this Epistle. If it have any thing pleasing, it will be that by which I am most desirous to please, the Truth and the Sentiment; and if any thing offensive, it will be only to those I am least forry to offend, the vicious, or the ungenerous.

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Many will know their own pictures in it, there bea ing not a circumstance but what is true ; but I have, for the most part, fpared their names, and they may escape being laughed at if they please.

Vol. II.

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I would have some of them know, it was owing to the request of the learned and candid friend to whom it is inscribed, that I make not as free use of theirs as they have done of mine. However, I shall have this advantage, and honour, on my side, that whereas, by their proceeding, any abuse may be directed at any man, no injury can possibly be done by mine, since a nameless character can never be found out, but by its truth and likeness,

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