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JOHN DRYDEN, Efq;
CONTAINING ALL HI'S
ORIGINAL POEMS, TALE S,
Now firft Collected and Published together
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS.
ALSO A N
ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS.
VOLUME THE FIRST.
Printed for J. and R. TONSON, in the Strand,
The DUKE of NEWCASTLE.
F I prefume to address to your Grace thefe Mifcellanies of one of our greatest English poets, now firft collected and illuftrated with Notes; perhaps the acknowledged eminence of the author may apologise for the inconfiderableness of the editor. To whom can these poems be more properly inscribed than to fuch a patron as Dryden himself would have chosen; a nobleman of the first distinction, known to love polite learning, because he understands and tastes it; and eminent for his candour, no less than his difcernment?