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EDINBURGH :

Printed for ARCHIBALD MONRO & DAVID MURRAY.

M.DCC.LIII

280. m. 259.

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PREFACE.

As

S the mind of man is ever fond of variety, nothing seems better calculated to entertain, than a judicious collection of the smaller (tho' not on that account lefs-labour'd) productions of eminent poets: an entertainment not unlike that which we receive from furveying a finish'd-landschape, or well-difpos'd piece of shell-work: where each particular object, tho' fingly beautiful, and fufficiently striking by itself, receives an additional charm, thus (as Milton expreffes it) SWEETLY INTERCHANG'D.

The firft mifcellaneous collection of poems, that ever appeard in Great-Britain with any reputation, is that publish by Mr 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 fufficiently fcrupulous and cautious in their choice, as feveral pieces are admitted, among the reft, which would otherwife utterly have perished, and which had no other recommendation than that they served to fwell the volume. Since this, many miscellanies have been published both in Scotland and England: to enumerate which would be no lefs tedious than useless. It will be fufficient to remark, that thro'

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