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IN THREE VOLUMES.
WITH THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.
The Muse's ofice was by Heaven design'd
PRINTED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF JOHN BELL,
BRITISH LIBRARY, STRAND,
Let one poor sprig of bay around my head
PRINTED FOR JOHN BELL, BOOKSELLER TO HIS
a boy who could do good if he would. As the to slightest accounts of persons so noted are agree
able, it may not he amiss to observe, that having one day got an exercise to make, and from idleness or inattention having failed to bring it at the time
appointed, his master thought proper to chastise in him with some severity, and even reproach his stu
pidity: what the fear of stripes could not effect, the fear of shame soon produced ; and he brought his exercise the next day finished in such a manner, that he received the public thanks of all the masters.
Still, however, it is to be supposed that his progress in the learned languages was but slow ; nor is it to be wondered at, if we consider how difficult it is for a strong imagination, such as he was possessed of, to conform and walk tamely forward in the trammels of a school education ; minds like his are ever starting aside after new pursuits ; desirous of embracing a multiplicity of amusing ob