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HE intent of the following Volumes
Tis to preferve to the Public those
tical performances, which feemed to merit a longer remembrance, than what would probably be secured to them by the MANNER wherein they were originally published. This defign was firft fuggefted to the Editor, as it was afterwards conducted, by the opinions of fome Gentlemen, whofe names it would do him the highest honour to mention. He defires in this place alfo to make his acknowledgments to the Authors of feveral pieces inferted in these Volumes, which were never before in print; and which, he is perfuaded, would be thought to add credit to the most judicious collection of this kind in our language. He hath nothing farther to premise, but that the Reader muft not expect to be pleafed
pleafed with every particular poem which is here presented to him. It is impoffible to furnish out an entertainment of this nature, where every part fhall be relifhed by every guest: it will be fufficient, if nothing is fet before him, but what has been approved by those of the most acknowledged taste.
PROSPECT OF PEACE,
A PO E M.
To the LORD PRIVY-SEAL.
By Mr. TICKEL.
Fronde fuper MITRAM, et fælici comptus olivá. VIRG.
Ontending kings, and fields of death, too long
Have been the fubject of the British fong,
Who hath not read of fam'd Ramilia's plain,
And fing returning Peace in fofter lays.
Their fury quell'd, and martial rage allay'd,
And warring pow'rs in friendly leagues combin'd;
Well fends our Queen her mitred BRISTOL forth,
By leagues to foften earth, and heav'n by pray'r ;
So when great Mofes, with JEHOVAH's wand,
O thou, from whom thefe bounteous bleffings flow,