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tection of your Majesty's most august and sacred Name; a Patronage to which I think I have fome Right, as being the earliest, greatest, longest and at this Time i believe the only Sufferer in your Majesty's Dominions, for an unbyass'd Zeal for the Security of the Succession of the House of Hanover.

But if that Plea be too weak, of too little Efficacy even with your Majesty ; yet these Institutions bring a Claim of their own, which is, that as they teach the most noble, most antient, and most useful of all Arts, as that is so nearly concern'd in the forming the Manners, and refining the Spirit of your People, the Father

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of his People cannot refuse his Smiles, and such Marks of his Favour, as may encourage grear Genius's to apply themselves to it, and rival Antiquity; to do which, a Royal Patron is only wanting.

The Flourishing of Arts and Sciences is no less a Proof of the Glory of a great Prince and happy People, than the flourisli, ing of Arms: The first is indeed a greater, as the Omaments and Benefits of Peace are more desirable than those of War. A Nation in Peace, is in the State of Health;a Nation in War, is in a Course of Physic, which, tha' necessary to purge and carry off the gross and noxious

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Humours contracted in that State of Health, yet certainly none will think it preferable to the former. Upon these Grounds, and supported by these Reasons, I lay this antient Mother of all Arts and Sciences, of all Moral and Political Knowledge ac your Majesty's Feet, imploring your Protection both of that, and of,

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and Servant,

CHARLES GILDON.

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PREFACE

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fhall not trouble the Reader with any long Difcourse before the following Sheets, thinking it fufficient to inform him of the Cause of my Writing

them, the Method I have follow'd, and the Authors I have consulted in this Undertaking

The Love, Value and Honour I have always had for an Art fo antient, fo illustrious, and fo ufèfil, as that of PO'ERTÝ, furnilo'd the Motive to my Labour. For I had long seen with Regret the Alftrance of Pretenders to it, and the Abuses that from almost à total Ignorance of it, had brought it into å neglect with most, and into a Contempt with Miny, while the Erglish World, that knew little of the Antients, judged of the

Excellence of Poetry by the rude Draughts
of the general Scriblers of the Age, and
finding nothing great, nothing wonderful
in these, unjaftly conclude that the Art
it self is but a meer Trifle below a serious
Thought, which has drawn Dissuasives from
our Study of it, from so great and judicious
a Person as Mr. Lock in his Discourse of Edu-
cation. So different was his Opinion from
that of Petroninis Arbiter, who advises all
thofe who
any thing great, to employ their first Ap-
proaches to Letters in the Study of Verse.
But Mr. Lock chiefly considering the Educa-
tion of an English Gentleman, justly fup-
pos’d, that his Pupils Application to Poe-
tical Writers, would scarce ever light up
that Fire, which should warm the Heart to
great Adions, and the embracing of Vir-
tues useful to the Public.

But if Mr. Lock had been to write of this Art, and consider'd it as it was handed down to us from Homer, Virgil, Pindar, Horace, Sophecles, Euripides, and the like, he would with Milton, as great a Man as himself in all kind of Literature, have recommerded the Poets to the Study of his Pupil, as that admirable Poet does in his Discourse of Education to Mr. Hartlıb; but Milton's Notion of Poetry, was not what will fic

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