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warning to the Critics, not to take too much pains for the future to destroy such things as will die of themselves ; and a Memento mori to some of my vain cotemporaries the Poets, to teach them that, when real merit is wanting, it avails nothing to have been encouraged by the great, commended by the emiment, and favour’d by the public in general.
Nov. 10, 1716.
. In the first place I thank God and nature, that I
was born with a love to poetry; for nothing more