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In SIXTEEN BOOKS.
The AUTHOR, JOHN SPENCER,
Not to know at large of things remote
PARAD. LOST, Book viii. 1. 191,
Fond man! the vifion of a moment made!
YOUNG'S Paraphrafe on Jo B.
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE:
280. j 129.
ROM a full conviction, that Virtue and Honour appear moft illuftrious, when they are at once imitated and patronized by the Great; and from a pleafing remembrance of the many repeated profeffions, made by the worthy JOHN SPENCER, of his attachment to, and veneration for the Noble Family; this POEM is, with all due deference, dedicated to the Right Honourable CHARLES EARL OF TANKERVILLE, by
NEWCASTLE, July 24, 1771.
Moft humble Servant,
OUND, by a most folemn promise to Mr SPENCER, in his life-time, to endeavour to have his Works published; and again enjoined by his LAST WILL to the `performance of it; I make no other apology to the public for presenting them with the following PASTORAL. If I may be charged with any kind of vanity in doing it, it is that of exulting in the thought of having my name handed down to pofterity, with fo refpectable a one as the AUTHOR, and under fuch noble patronage. The facred, and inviolable friendship, which fubfifted between us, for a series of more than twenty years, hath created a fort of fecret defire, that, as in life we were fo intimately united, we may not in death be altogether divided! With regard to the literary merit of the work, I have no comment to make thereon: It is not my province, nor have I leifure or abilities for a task of the kind. The Author in his preface has spoke for himself. Sufficient for me to believe, that I have discovered in the performance eminent traces of the principles of undefiled religion; of pure, difinterested morality, and a perfect benevolence towards men; and, upon the whole, a fund of rational amufement. My thanks are due to the courteous fubfcribers, by whofe timely affiftance I have been the better enabled to get forward; and I flatter myself, none o them (who read the Poem feriously) will have any cauf to apprehend that their generofity hath been mifapplied.