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Written upon several
And to several
By EDMOND WALLER, Esq;
The Tenth Edition, with Additions.
To which is Prefix'd
Non ego mordaci diftrinxi carmine quenquam,
Nulla venenato litera mifta joco eft.
the Strand. M.DCCXXII.
Τ Η Ε. PRI N T E R
REA DE R.
HEN the Author of these Verses (written only to please himself, and Juch particular Perföns to whom they were directed) returned from abroad fome Years since, He was troubled to
find bis Name in Print, but fornewhat satisfied to see his Liñes so ill rendřed, that he might justly disown them, and say to a mistaking Printer, as one did to an ill Reciter
Malè duin recičas, incipit esse tuum. Having been ever fince pressed to correct the many and gross Faults (such as use to be in Impresion's wholly neglected by the Authors) his Answer was, that he made these when ill Verfés had more Favour and escaped better, than good ones do in this Age; the Severity whereof be thought not unhappily diverted by those Faults in the Impression, which bi
therto have bung upon his Book, as the Turks hang old Rags for such like ugly things) upon their fairest Horses and ether goodly Creatures, to secure them again Fascination: and for those of a more confin'd Understanding, who pretend not to Censure, as they admire most what they least comprehend, so his Verses (maim to that degree that himself scorce knew what to make of many of them) might that way at least have a Title to some Admirati0n; which is Ko small matter, if what an old Author objerves be true, Tbat the Aim of Orators, is Victory; of Historians, Truth; and of Postsy Admiration. He had reason therefore to indulge those Faults in his Book whereby it might be reconciled to fome, and commended to others.
The Printer also be thought would fare the worse, of those Faults were amended; for we see maimed Statues fell better than whole ones, and clipt and washt Money goes about, when the entire and weighty lies hoarded up. These are the Reasons whiclo for above twelve years past be has opposed to our Request; To which it was reply'd, that as it would be too late to recall that which had so long been made publick, so might it find Excuse from his Youth (the Season it was produced in :) And for what, had been done fince, and now added, if it commend Hot his Poetry, it might his Philosophy, which teaches him fo chearfully to bear so great a Calamity, as the loss of the part of his Fortune (torn from him in Prison, in which, and in Banishment, the beft Portion of his Life hath also been spent) that he can still fing under the Burtben, not unlike that Roman,
Quem demisere Philippi
Ei Laris, & fundi-
Mufis amicus tristitiam & metus
Not so much moved with these Reasons of ours, for pleas'd with our Rhimes) as wearied with our importunity, be has at laft given us leave to assure the Reader, That the Poems which have been fi long and so ill set forth under bis Name, are here to be found as be first writ them; as also to ada some others which have since been composed by him. And though bis Advice to the contrary might have discourag'd us; yet observing how often they have been Reprinted, what Price they have born, and how earnestly
, they have been always enquired after, but especially of late; making good that of Horace,
-Meliora dies, ut Vina, Poemata reddit: Some Verses being (like some Wines) recommended to our Taste b; Time and Age, we have adventur'd upon this new and well corrected Edition, which, for our own fakes, as well as thine, we hope will jucceed better than be apprehended. Vivitur ingenio, cætera mortis erunt.