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Containing the Author's
POETICAL WORK S.
DU B L I N:
'HE first Collection of ibis Author's Writings were published near thirty Years ago, under the
Title of Miscellanies in Verse and Prose. Several Years after, there appeared three Volumes of Miscellanies, with a Preface to the first, Signed J. Swift, and A. Pope. In these the Verses, with great Additions, were printed in a Volume by themselves. But in each Volume were mixed many Poems and Treatises, writ by the supposed Author's Friends, which we have laid aside ; our Intention being only to publish the Works of one Writer. The following Poetical Volume is enlarged by above a third Part, which was never collected before, althougb fome of them were occasionally printed in London in single Sheets. The rest were procured from the supposed Author's Friends, who at their carnest Request were permitted to take Copies.
The following Poems chiefly confijt either of Humour or Satyr, and very often of both together. Wbat Merit they may bave, we confess ourselves to be no Judges of in the least ; but, out of due Regard to A Writer, from whose Works we hope to receive some Benefit, we cannot conceal what we have beard from several Persons of great Judgment ; that the Author never was known either in Verse or Prose to borroce any Tbought, Simile, Epithet, or particular Manner
Style ; but whatever be writ, whether good, bad, or indifferent, is an Original in itself.
Although we are very sensible, that in some of the following Poems, the Ladies may refent certain faty.
rical Touches against the mistaken Conduet in some of the Fair Sex : And, that some warm Perfons on the prevailing Side, may cenfure this Autbor, whoever be be, for not thinking in publick Matters exactly like themselves : Yet, we have been assured by several judicious and learned Gentlemen, that what the Author batb bere writ, on either of those two SubjeEts, bath no other Aim than to reform the Errors of botb Sexes. If the Publick be right in its Conjectures of the Autbor, nothing is better known in London, than that while be bad Credit at the Court of Queen Anne, be employed so much of it in Favour of Whigs in both Kingdoms, that the Ministry used to railly bim as the Advocate of that Party, for feveral of whom '
be got Employments, and preserved others from losing what they had: Of wbich some Instances remain even in tbis Kingdom. Besides, be then writ and declared against the Pretender, will equal Zeal, though not with equal Fury, as' any of our modern Whigs ; of which Party he always professed himself to be as to Politicks, as the Reader will find in many Parts of bis Works.
Our Intentions were to print the Poems according to the Time they were writ in ; but we could not do it so exactly as we desired, because we could never get the least Satisfaction in that or many other Circumstances from the supposed Author.