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Beauties of English Poetry,
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St Paul's Church Yard,
THE Compiler of the following Collcetion of Ancient poetical Pieces, presumes to difJent, with great deference, from the high authority of that much admired and very elegant Writer who tells us, that the " Age of Chivalry is gone."
He flatters himself with some confidence, that there still remains among us a numerous train of those who admire the martial and heroic stile of our ancient Bards; as well as the pleasing simplicity, and many artless graces, with ruhich their Works abound.Though the productions of our earlier times do not
eminently palols those higher beauties that dazzle the imagination, they seldom fail to intereft the heart, and to awaken in it the tenderest and most plafing emotions,
Impressed with these sentiments, the Compiler has in this selection endeavoured to rescue from the uria relenting hand of Time such of these Productions of the Ancient Poets, as appeared to him the most worthing of being preserved. If his readers Bould but hap-. pily think his judgment equal to the industry he has employed in the occasion, he is certain he small have she satisfaction to find, that he has not toiled in vain.