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SELECT POEMS.

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VARIOUS SUBJECTS;

SELECTED TO ENFORCE THE

PRACTICE OF VIRTUE.

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With a view tn comprise in one Volume the

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ENGLISH POETRY.

BY THOMAS TOMKINS.

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The pleafing Art os Poetry'* design'd
To raise the thoughts and moralize the mind;
The chaste delights os virtue to inspire.
And warm the bosom with seraphic sire;
Sublime the passions., lend devotion wings,
And celebrate the First great Cause os things.

LONDON:

Printed for the Editor, and

J. WALLIS, AT YORICK'S HEAD, LUDGATE STRUT.
M,DCC,LXXX,

PUBLIC.

Poetry may be said to claim our first attention, as it was originally intended to express our gratitude to the Deity, and teach mankind the most important precepts os religion and virtue; by which the human foul is not only exalted and refined, but the heart is sortified against all the various assaults os huxnan calamities, and by which we are taught to consider happiness as entirely depending on the reflections os our own minds. We shall be susficiently convinced os these truths, is we only consider the particular end and design os the several species os poetry.

The Epic Poem was intended to convey instructions disguised under the allegory of an

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