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UPON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.
&c. &c. ire.
THETEXTOF DR. KEIVTOTST.
- Baccare frontem
CingUe, He vati noccat mala lingua futuro. Virg. Eclog. 7.
AT THE ajOlIO Pjeft, BY THE MARTINS.
THE STATIONER TO THE READER.
[Prefixed to the firft Edition of Milton's Poems, printed in 104$.]
IT is not any private refpeB of gain, gentle Reader, for thofiighteft pamphlet is now-a-days more vendible than . thi works of learnedeft men; but it is the love I have to our own language, that hath made me diligent to colleB andfet forth fitch pieces hoth in profe and verfe, as may renew the wonted honor and efteem of our EtigUJh tonguei and-it's the worth of thefe hoth Englijh and Latin poems, not the fiori/h of any prefixed encomiums, that can invite thee to buy them, though tbefe are not 'without the highefl commendations and appluufe of the learnedeft Academics, both dome flic and foreign; and amongft thofe of our own country, the unparallel'd atieftation of that renowned Provoft of Eton, Sir Henry Wotton. Iknow not thy palate how it relifbes fuch dainties, nor how harmonious thyfoulisf perhaps morctrivial airs may pleafe thee better. But howfoever thy opinion is fpent upon thefe, that encouragement I have already received from the moft ingenious men in their clear and courteous ent attainment ofM.r.Waller'slate choicepieces, hath once more made me adventure into the world, prefenting it with thefe ever-green, and not to be blafted laurels. The Author's more peculiar excellency in thefe flitches -was too -well htomn to conceal his papers, or ft keep me from attempting tofolicit them from him. Let the event guide itfelf-which -way it -will, JJhall deferve of the age, by bringing into the tight as true a birth as the Mufes have brought forth futce our famous Spenjkr -wrcte; -whtfe poems in thefe Englifi ones are as rarely imitated as facetly excell'd. Reader, if thou art eagleey'd to cenfure their -worth, 1 am not fearful to expofe them to thy exafleft perufal.
I. Anno tttatis 17. On the death of a fair infant, dying of a cough.
Vj Fairest flower! no fooner blown but blafted,
That did thy cheek envermeil, thought to kifs,
If likewife he fome fair one wedded not,
Of long-uncoupled bed, and childlefs eld,
So mounting up in icy-pearled Car, IJ
Through middle empire of the freezing arr
But all unwares with his cold kind embrace JO Unhous'd thy virgin foul from her fair biding plase.