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GLASGO W:

PRINTED BY R. CHAPMAN AND A. DUNCAN,
FOR JAMES DUNCAN, BOOKSELLER,

MDCCLXXV.

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PREFACE.

S the occafion of this poem was real, not

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fictitious; fo the method purfued in it, was rather impofed, by what spontaneously arose in the author's mind, on that occafion, than meditated, or defigned. Which will appear very probable from the nature of it. For it differs from the common mode of poetry, which is from long narrations to draw fhort morals. Here, on the contrary, the narrative is short and the morality arifing from it makes the bulk of the

poem. The reafon of it is, that the facts mentioned did natu

rally pour these moral reflections on the thought of the writer.

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