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H E greatest Part of what I have
Writ having already been Published, either singly or else in some of the Miscellanies, it would be too late for me to make for appearing in Print. But a Collection of Poems has lately appeared under my
Name, tho' without my Knowledge, in which the Publisher has given me the Honour of some Things that did not belong to me, and has Transcribed others so imperfe&tly, that I hardly knew them to be mine. This has obliged me, in my own Defence, to look back upon some of those lighter Studies, which I Cought long since to have quitted, and to Publish an indifferent Colle£tion of Poems, for fear of being thought the Author of a worse.
Thus I beg Pardon of the Publick for Reprinting some Pieces, which as they came fingly from their first Impression, have, I fancy, lain long and quietly in Mr. Tonson's Shop; and with others which were never before
Printed, and might have lain as quietly, and perhaps more safely, in a Corner of my own Study.
The Reader as be turns them over, will, I kope, make Allowance for their having been writ at very diftant Times, and on very different Occasions, and take them as they happen to come, Publick Panegyrics, Amorous Odes, Serious Reflexions, or Idle Tales, the Produk of his leisure Hours, who had commonly Busivess enough upon his Hands, and was only a Poet by Accident.
I take this Occasion to thank my good Friend and School-fellow; Mr. Dibben, for his excellent Verfion of the Carmen Seculare, tho’
ту Gratitude may juftly carry a little Envy with it ; for I believe the most accurate Judges will find the Translation exceed the Original,
I must likewise own my self obliged to Mrs. Singer, who has given me leave to Print 'a Paftoral of her Writing; That Poem having produced the Verses immediately following it. I wish the might be prevailed with to publish fome other Pieces of that kind, in which the Softness of her Sex, and the fineness of her Genius, conspire to give her a very distinguishing Charakter.
!! In French by Monsieur Fontenelle.
p. 34 Imitated.
p..35 To Dr. Sherlock, or his Practical Discourse concerning Death.
ibid. Hymn to the Sun. Set by Dr. Purcell, and sung before Their Majesties on New-Years Day, 1693
P:39 The Lady's Looking-Glafs.
p. 43 Love and Friendship: A'Paftoral. By Mrs. Elizabeth Singer.
p. 46 To the Author of the foregoing Paftoral. p. 49 To a Lady: She refusing to continue a Dispute
with me, and leaving me in the Argument. An Ode.
P. 51 Seeing the Duke of Ormond's Picture, at Sir Godfrey Kneller's.
p. 53 An Ode. Presented to the King, on His Majesty's Arrival in Holland, after the Queen's Death. 1695.
P: 55 Ode, Sur la Prise de Namur. L'Année 1692. Par Monsieur de Boileau.
p.66 An English Ballad, On the Taking of Namur.
1695. In Imitation of Anacreon.
p. 84 An Ode. A Song Celia to Damon. Pallas and Venus. An Epigram. p. 93 Verses presented to the King, at his Arrival in
Holland, after the Discovery of the Conspiracy, 1696.
p. 95 To a young Gentleman in Love. A Tale. p. 100
p. 85 p. 86 p. 87