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To the Right Honourable :
L I O N E L,
Dorset and Middlesex.
T looks like no great Compliment to Your Lordship, that I prefix Your Name to this Epistle; when, in the Preface, I
declare the Book is publish'd 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 reft, under His Protection and Patronage.
The particular Felicity of Your Birth, My Lord; The natural Endowments of Your Mind, which, without suspicion 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 Lordfhip 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 Countrey; an Ornament and Honor to the Titles You possess; and in one Word, a Worthy Son to the Great Earl of Dorser.
It is as impossible to mention that Name, without defiring to Commend the Person; as it is to give Him the Commendations which His Virtues deserved. But I assure my self, the most agrecable Compliment I can bring Your Lordship, is to pay a grateful Respect to Your Father's Memory. And my own Obligations to Him were such; that the World must pardon my En
deavoring 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 Belov'd and Esteem'd. The Figure of His Body was Strong, Proportionable, Beautiful: and were his Picture well Drawn, it must deserve the Praise given to the Pourtraits of RAPHAEL; and, at once, create Love and Respect. While the Greatness of His Mein inform'd Men, they were approaching the Nobleman; the Sweetnels of it invited them to come nearer to the Patron. There was in His Look and Gesture something that is more easily conceived than described ; that gain’d upon You in His Favor, before He spake one Word. His Behavior was Easie 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 His Mind, that He had occafion to borrow very little from Education : and He owed those Advantages to His own Good Parts, which Others acquire by Study and Imitation. His Wit was Abundant,
Wit in most Writers is like a Fountain in a Garden, supply'd by several Streams brought thro' artful Pipes, and playing sometimes agreeably. But the Earl of Dorser's was a Source rising from the Top of a Mountain, which forced it's own way, and with inexhaustible Supplies, delighted and inriched the Country thro' which it pass’d. This extraordinary Genius was accompany'd with so true a Judgment in all Parts of fine Learning, that whatever Subject was before Him, He Discours d as properly of it, as if the peculiar Bent of His Study had been apply'd That way; and He perfected His Judgment by Reading and Digesting the best Authors, tho' He quoted Them very feldom,
Contemncbat potiùs literas, quàm nesciebat: and rather seem’d to draw His Knowledge from His own Stores, than to owe it to any Foreign Affiítance.
The Brightness of His Parts, the Solidity of His Judgment, and the Candor and Generosity of His Temper distinguish'd Him in an Age of great Politeness, and at a Court abounding with Men of the finest Sense and Learning. The most eminent Matters in their several Ways appeald to