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the most ancient arts; and, of all others, vocal music must undoubtedly have been the first kind. Plutarch ascribes the first invention of music to the god Apollo. It has always been in great esteem among all nations, not only for the innocent entertainment it affords, but for the powerful effects and agreeable influences it has over the mind; it raises a variety of sublime pleasures; it pacifies wrath, calms the paflions, and fills the mind with a love of virtuous actions. The favourable reception of the first edition of this book, and the frequent demands for it, fince it became scarce, encouraged the Editors to offer the present Collection, greatly enlarged, and adapted to every species of fingers. The Editors have had recourse to most of the fong-books published in the three kingdoms. Such of the old songs as have firınly stood the test of approbation are retained, while those that would rank better in

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