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Satyra quidem tota nostra est : in qua primus insignem laudem adeptus est
Lucilius ; qui quosdam ita deditos sibi adhuc habet amatores, ut eum, non
ejusdem modo operis autoribus, sed omnibus poetis, præferre non dubitent,

QUINTILIAN.

LONDON:
Printed by Thomas Maiden, Sherbourn-Lane, Lombard-Street,
FOR W. J. AND J. RICHARDSON; OTRIDGE AND SON; J. WALKER;
CUTHELL AND MARTIN; R. FAULDER; R. LEA; OGILVY AND SON;
J. NUNN; E. JEFFERY ; LACKINGTON, ALLEN, AND CO. LONGMAN,
AVRST, REES, AND ORME; CADELL AND DAVIES; J. ANDA. ARCH

J. ASPERNE; AND VERNOR, HOOD, AND SHARPE.

1806.

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REV. DR. YOUNG,

RECTOR OF WELWYN,

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HERTFORDSHIRE.

DEAR SIR,

PERMIT me to break into your retirement, the residence of virtue and literature, and to trouble you with a few reflections on the merits and real character of an admired Author, and on other collateral subjects of criticism, that will naturally arise in the course of such an enquiry. No love of singularity, no affectation of paradoxical opinions, gave rise to the following Work. I revere the memory of Pope, I respect and honour his abilities ; but I do not think him at the head of his profession. In other words, in that species of poetry wherein VOL. I.

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