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ART of Walking
The STREETS of
By Mr. GAY.
Quo te Mæri. pedes ? An, quo via ducit, in Urbem?
The THIRD EDITION.
HE world, I believe, will take so little notice of me,
that I need not take much of it. The criticks may see by this poem, that I walk on foot, which probably may save me from their envy. I should be sorry to raise that passion in men whom I am so much obliged to, since' they allowed me an honour hitherto only sewn to better writers: That of denying me to be the author of my own works.
Gentlemen, if there be any thing in this poem good enough to displease you, and if it be any advantage to you to ascribe it to some person of greater merit; I shall acquaint you, for your comfort, that among many other obligations, I owe several hints of it to Dr. Swift. And if you will so far continue your favour as to write against it, I beg you to oblige me in accepting the following motto.
-Non tu, in Triviis, indocte, solebas
of the Implements for walking the Streets, and
Signs of the Weather.
Hrough winter streets to steer your course