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Taste among the Romans) that the Introduction of the Polite Arts of Greece had given the Writers of his Time great advantages over their Predeceffors; that their Morals were much improved, and the Licence of those ancient Poets reftrained: that Satire and Comedy were become more just and useful; that whatever extravagancies were left on the Stage, were owing to the Ill Taste of the Nobility; that Poets, under due Regulations, were in many respects useful to the State, and concludes, that it was upon them the Emperor himfelf muft depend, for his Fame with Pofterity.

We may farther learn from this Epiftle, that Horace made his Court to this Great Prince by writing with a decent Freedom toward him, with a just Contempt of his low Flatterers, and with a manly Regard to his own Character, P.

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HE Reflections of Horace, and t past in his Epistle to Auguftus, feer able to the prefent Times, that I could ne ing them to the use of my own Country thought them confiderable enough to addre. Prince; whom he paints with all the great a lities of a Monarch, upon whom the Rom for the Encrease of an Abfolute Empire. Bu Poem entirely English, I was willing to ad of thofe which contribute to the Happir People, and are more confiftent with the W Neighbours.

This Epiftle will fhew the learned World len into Two mistakes: one, that Auguftus of Poets in general; whereas he not only pr but the Best Writers to name him, but re that Care even to the Civil Magiftrate: Adm tores, ne paterentur Nomen fuum obfolefieri,etc. that this Piece was only a general Difcourfe whereas it was an Apology for the Poets, in orde Auguftus more their Patron. Horace here plea of his Cotemporaries, first against the Taste o whofe humour it was to magnify the Author ceding Age; fecondly against the Court a who encouraged only the Writers for the Ti laftly against the Emperor himfelf, who ha them of little Ufe to the Government. He View of the Progrefs of Learning, and the

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Book ii. Epift. 1.] The Poet always rifes with his original; and very often, without. This whole Imitation is extremely noble and fublime.

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Edward and Henry, now the Boaft of Fame,
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