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L O N D ON:
HE Reflections of Horace, and the Judgments past
the present Times, that I could not help applying
Town, whose humour it was to magnify the Authors of the preceding Age ; secondly against the Court and Nobility, who encouraged only the Writers for the Theatre; and lastly against the Emperor himself, who had conceived them of little use to the Government. He hews (by a view of the Progress of Learning, and the Change of Taste among the Romans) that the Introduction of the Polite Arts of Greece had given the Writers of his Time great advantages over their Predecessors, that their Morals were much improved, and the Licence of those ancient Poets restrained: that Satire and Comedy were become more just and useful; that whatever extravagancies were left on the Stage, were owing to the III Taste of the Nobility ; that Poets, under due Regulations, were in many respects ufeful to the State; and concludes, that it was upon them the Emperor himself must depend, for his Fame with Posterity.
We may farther learn from this Epiftle, that Horace made bis Court to this Great Prince, by writing with a decent Freedom toward bim, with a juft Contempt of his low Flatterers, and with a manly Regard to his own Character.
Hile You, great Patron of Mankind, fuftain
The balanc'd World, and open all the Main;