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Printed for A. KINCAID and W. CRSECK,

and J. BALFOUR.

M, DCC, LXXIII.

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REGIA MOYENSIS

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HE measure is English heroic verse

without rime, as that of Homer in Greek, and of Virgilin Latin; rime being no necessary adjunct or true ornament of poem or good verse, in longer workse!pecially, but the invention of a barbarous age, to set off wretched matter and lame meter; grac'd indeed since by the ule of some famous modern poets, carried away by cuilom, but much to their own vexatier, bindrance, and constraint to express many things otherwile, and for the most part worse than clle they would have express’d them. Not without cause therefore some both Italian and Spanish poets of prime note have rejected rime both in longer and shorter works, as have also long since our best English tragedies, as a thing of itself, to all judicious ears, trivial and of no true musical delight; which consists only in apt numbers, fit quantity of syllables, and the sense variously drawn out from one verse into another, not in the jingling sound of like endings, a fault avoided by the learned Ancients both in poetry and all good oratory.

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This neglect then of rime so little is to be taken for a defect, though it may seem so perhaps to vulgar readers, that it rather is to be esteemed an example fet, the first in English, of ancient liberty recovered to heroic poem, from the troublesome and modern bondage of riming.

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