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HE following Tranflations were selected from many others done by the Author in his Youth; for the most part indeed but a fort of Exercifes, while he was improving himself in the Languages, and carried by his early Bent to Poetry to perform them rather in Verse than Profe. Mr. Dryden's Fables came out about that time, which occafioned the Translations from Chaucer. They were first separately printed in Mifcellanies by J. Tonfon and B. Lintot, and afterwards collected in the Quarto Edition of 1717. The Imitations of English Authors, which are added at the end, were done as early, fome of them at fourteen or fifteen years old; but having alfo got into Mifcellanies, we have put them here together to complete this Juvenile Volume. P.
Ant. Walker Inv.Del.et Scalp.
Millions of suppliant Crouds the Shrine attend, And all degrees before the Goddess bend; The Poor, the Rich, the Valiant, and the Sage, And boasting Youth, and narrative Old-age.
Temple of Fame
HE hint of the following piece was taken from Chaucer's House of Fame. The defign is in a manner entirely altered, the descriptions and most of the particular thoughts my own: yet I could not fuffer it to be printed without this acknowledgment. The reader who would compare this with Chaucer, may begin with his third Book of Fame, there being nothing in the two firft books that anfwers to their title: wherever any hint is taken from him, the paffage itself is fet down in the marginal notes. P.