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THE HE Public is here presented with a Complete Edition of the Works of POPE, both in Verfe and Profe, accompanied with various Notes and Illuftrations. The reason for undertaking it, was the universal complaint, that Dr. Warburton had disfigured and difgraced his Edition, with many forced and far-fought interpretations, totally unfupported by the paffages which they were brought to elucidate. If this was only my single opinion, nothing could have induced me to have delivered it with fo much freedom; nor to have undertaken this Work after it had paffed through the hands of Dr. Warburton. Many, however, of his Notes, that do not fall under this description, are here adopted. To this Edition are now added, several Poems undoubtedly of our Author's hand; and in profe, many Letters to different Correfpondents, which, from the circumstances
of literary history which they contain, it was thought might be entertaining; together with his Thoughts on Various Subjects; his Account of the Madness of Dennis; the poisoning of Edmund Curl; the Effay on the Origin of Sciences; the Key to the Rape of the Lock; and that piece of inimitable humour, the Fourteenth Chapter of Scriblerus, on the Double Mistress; all of which were inserted in his own Edition in quarto, 1741. And to these is added, alfo, one of the best of his critical compofitions, his Postscript to the Odyffey.
If I have fometimes ventured, in the following remarks, to point out any seeming blemishes and imperfections in the Works of this excellent Poet, I beg it may be imputed, not to the "dull, malignant delight," of feeking to find out trivial faults, but merely to guard the Reader from being mifled, by the example of a writer, in general, fo uniformly elegant and
The Notes to which the letter P. is fubjoined, are by Mr. Pope himself; all which are carefully retained. Those marked W. are by Dr. Warburton. For the reft, I am answerable.
FIRST VOLUM E.
THE Life of ALEXANDER POPE, Efq.
A Difcourfe on Paftoral Poetry
MESSIAH, a Sacred Eclogue: in Imitation of Virgil's
Elegy to the Memory of an unfortunate Lady
Prologue to Mr. Addison's Tragedy of Cato
ERRATA in VOL. I.
Page xxxix. line 8, for Barius read Bavius
14, for A. R. M. read H. M.
15, in note, for xvev KIVELY 181. dele note on ver. 35.
254. line 35, in note, for Polyanus read Polyænus
271. -9, after written infert namely
4, in note, for Swirten read Swieten.