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M R Prior's Poenis were published, in a handsome folio, in w the year 1718, during his own life. After his death, which event happened in Sept. 1721, his Manuseripts, as well of a public as a private nature, were loft, by our Author's will, 10 Lord Harley and Mr. Adrian Drift, his executors, with orders to destroy such as might not be proper for future inspection. In 1733-4. Mr. Samuel Humphreys of Hampstead published the Posthumous Poems of our suthor, (probably at the request of his executors) at the same time obliging the world with the life of that excellent man and poet. From 1734 ta these times vari. ous editions of Prior's Poems have poured from the press, but without any order or method observed in arranging the different pieces, epistles, tales, ballads, odes, epigrams, c. being indiscriminately jumbled together, circumstances at the same time inconvenient and offensive to the reader of taste and judgment. To obviate a defect so apparent, we have ventered, in this edition of Prior's Works, to depart from the order observed by his former editors, the differenı pieces being here (classed and arranged according to their several kinds, so that the whole of the same species of writing falls under the reader's eye in one and the same department of the book only, in place of many departments, as formerly; an alteration of some conveniences to the reader, and such as can reflect no disgrace to the figure of our Author's poems, which here present themselves under a more uniform arrangement than usual.

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