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Contents of the Fourth Volume.
The First Book of the Epistles of Horace, Ep. VI.
SATIRES of Dr. JOHN DONNE Dean of St.
The first publication of this Epifle.
HIS paper is a fort of bill of complaint, begun many years fince, and drawn up by fnatches, as the several occafions offered. I had no thoughts of publishing it, till it pleafed fome Perfons of Rank and Fortune [the Authors of Verfes to the Imitator of Horace, and of an Epistle to a Doctor of Divinity from a Nobleman at Hampton Court] to attack, in a very extraordinary manner, not only my Writings (of which, being public, the Public is judge) but my Perfon, Morals, and Family, whereof, to thofe who know me not, a truer information may be requifite. Being divided between the neceffity to fay fomething of myfelf, and my own laziness to undertake fo awkward a tafk, I thought it the fhortest way to put the laft hand to this Epiftle. If it have any thing pleafing, it will be that by which I am moft defirous to pleafe, the Truth and the Sentiment; and if any thing offenfive, it will be only to thofe I am leaft forry to offend, the vicious or the ungenerous.
Many will know their own pictures in it, there being not a circumftance but what is true; but I have,