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but, to patronize her more antient Votarys at this time, is not more honourable to our Nation, than neceffary for them: Since fo much Prejudice has been ungratefully rais'd against them, by thofe, who have been most improv'd by their Writings.

When therefore I was moved by the BRITISH MUSE to recommend thefe Antients to a Patron moft eminent for Abilities and Inclination to protect them; one of fufficient Knowledge to plead their Merits, and Intereft to promote their Caufe; r was presently by her infpired, to make this Oblation to your LADY SHIP, fo nearly ally'd in Genius and Judgment to her, that I could not diftinguish


your Name, but as another for her


Whatever Improprieties the Witty or the Wife may find in other Parts of my Choice throughout this Collection, I dare ftand their Test in this. And I am perfuaded, the Authors themselves, could not be better fatiffied with all the Justice that might be paid them, in reviving their Perfor⚫mances; than with fo much Credit as they may receive from your LADYSHIP'S Approbation. I am but their Sollicitor, and could not have the Boldness to fue for your Favour, but under the Umbrage of their Deserts. Alexander faved Part of

from Destruction, for the

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only of one Poet: Here the Merits of many Poets fue for the Protection only of one Book.

I am,

With the most profound Respect,

Your Ladyship's most obedient,

Humble Servant,


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M kept for pleasure, though I never tafte it.

For 'tis the ufher's office, ftill to cover His lady's private meetings with her lover.

Marfton's Infatiate Countess. 1. At beft 'tis but a goodly pandarism.

2. Shrewd business.

Thou child in thrift, thou fool of honesty;
Is't a difparagement for a gentleman,
For friends of lower rank to do the offices
Of neceffary kindness without fee
For one another; courtefies of course,
Mirths of fociety; when petty mushrooms,

Transplanted from their dunghills, fpread on mountains,
And pafs for cedars, by their fervile flatteries
On great mens vices?- -pander-th'art deceiv'd,
The word includes preferment,'tis a title
Of dignity, I could add fomewhat more else.
Thy beauteous fifter like a precious tissue,


Not fhap'd into a garment fit for wearing,
Wants the adornments of the workman's cunning
'To fet the richness of the price at view;

Though in her felf all wonder.

John Ford's Fancy chaft and noble.
But you are

The fquire of dames, devoted to the service
Of gamefome ladies; the hidden mystery
Discover'd, their close bawd: thy flavish breath
Fanning the fires of luft; the goe-between
This female, and that wanton fir: your art
Can blind a jealous husband, and difguis'd
Like a milliner, or fhoemaker, convey
A letter in a pantoofle, or glove
Without fufpicion; nay, at his table,

In a cafe of pick-tooths: you instruct 'em how
To parley with their eyes, and make the temple.
A mart of loofenefs. To discover all

Thy fubtile brokages, were to teach in publick
Those private practices, which are in justice
Severely to be punish'd.

Maflinger's Emperor of the Eaft.
Pimps manage the great bus'nefs o'th'nation,
That is the heav'nly work of propagation!


Crown's Sir Courtly Nice. PARASIT E.

Ah, when the means are gone, that buy this praife, The breath is gone whereof this praise is made! Feaft-won, faft-loft: one cloud of winter-fhow'rs Thefe flies are couch'd.

2. The fwallow follows not

Summer more willingly, than we your lordship.

1. Nor more willingly leaves winter: fuch fummerBirds are men.

May you a better feaft never behold,

Shakespear's Timon.

You knot of mouth-friends: fmoke, and luke-warm water Is your perfection, This is Timon's laft;


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