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MATTHEW PRIOR, Efq;
PRINTED AND SOLD BY ROBERT & ANDREW FOULIS
M. DCC. LI.
L I O N E L
DORSET AND MIDDLESEX.
T looks like no great compliment to your Lord
ship, that I prefix your name to this epistle ; when, in the preface, I declare the book is published almost against my inclination. But, in all cases, My Lord, You have an hereditary right to whatever may be called mine. many of the following pieces were written by the command of your excellent father; and most of the rest, under his protection and patronage.
The particular felicity of your birth, My Lord; the natural endowments of your mind, which,without fufpicion of flattery, I may tell you, are very great; the good education with which these parts have been improved; and your coming into the world, and seeing men very early; make us expect from your Lordship all the good, which our hopes can form in favour of a young nobleman. 'tu Marcellus eris,
our eyes and our hearts are turned on you. you must be a judge and master of polite learning; a friend and patron to men of letters and merit; a faithful and able counsellor to your prince; a true patriot to your country;, ana
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ornament and honour to the titles you possess; and in one word, a worthy son to the great Earl of DORSET.
'It is as impossible to mention that name, with out desiring to commend the person; as it is to give him the commendations which his virtues deserved. But I assure myself, the most agreeable compliment I can bring your Lordship, is to pay a grateful respect to your father's memory.
and gations to him were such; that the world must pardon my endeavouring at his character, however I may miscarry in the attempt.
A thousand ornaments and graces met in the composition of this great man; and contributed to make him universally beloved and esteem'd. the figure of his body was strong, proportionabile, beautiful: and were his picture well drawn, it must deserve the praise given to the portraits of RAPHAEL; and, at once, create love and respect. while the greatness of his mien inform’d men, they were approaching the Nobleman; the sweetness of it invi. ted them to come nearer to the Patron, there was in his look and gesture something that is more eafily conceived than described; that gain'd upon you in his favour, before he spake one word. his behavi: our was eafy and courteous to all; but distinguished and adapted to each man in particular, according to his station and quality. his civility was free from the formality of rule, and flowed immediately from his good sense.
Such were the natural faculties and strength of