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Τ Η Ε
LO V ER
To which is added, The
R E A DE R;
By the same A UTHOR.
Phyllida amo ante alias : nam me discedere flevit.
L O N D ON:
Printed for 7. Tonfon in the Strand, F. Brown
without Temple-Bar, and 0. Lloyd near the
Sir Samuel Garth, M. D.
Sfoon as Ithough of making the Lover a Present
to one of my Friends, I resolved, without farther distracting my Choice, to send it to the Best-natured Man. You are so universally known for this Character, that an Epistle
fo directed would find its Way to You without your Name, and I believe no Body but You yourself would deliver such a Superfcription to any other Person.
This Propensity is the ncareft akin to Lovc; and Good-nature is theworthieft Affection of the Mind, as Love is the noblest Paffion of it: While the latter is wholly employed inendeavouring to make happy one single Object, the other diffuses its Benevolence to all the World.
As this is Your natural Bent, I cannot but conin gratulate to You the fingular Felicity that your Profellion is fo agreeable to your Temper. For what Condition is more desirable than a constant Impulse to relieve the Distressed, and a Capacity to adminifter that Relief? When the fick Man hangs his Eye on that of his Physician, how pleasing must it be to speak Comfort to his Anguish, to raise in him the first Motions of Hope, to lead him into a Persuasion that