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Contains John Gay's "New song of similes" under altered title of "Similes: to Molly", pp. 69+70.

Lord Sandwich & femmy Treitilir,

Scriblerus Club,

532.

p.

207

LAUGHING PHILOSOPHER

BEING THE ENTIRE WORKS OF

MOMUS, JESTER OF OLYMPUS; DEMOCRITUS, THE MERRY PHILOSOPHER OF GREECI

AND THEIR ILLUSTRIOUS DISCIPLES,

BEN JONSON, BUTLER, SWIFT, GAY, JOSEPH MILLER, ESQ. CHURCHILL,
VOLTAIRE, FOOTE, STEEVENS, WOLCOT, SHERIDAN, CURRAN,
COLMAN, AND OTHERS:

TRANSLATED INTO OUR VERNACULAR ENGLISH TONGUE,

BY JOHN BULL, ESQ.

With numerous Additions, Interpolations, and Improvements, by the Editor, and different Branches o

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the Bull Family.

Laughing is the high prerogative of man, and that sublime and noble quality which distinguishes
him from the brute creation. Those who cannot laugh gracefally, heartily, and by the hour at a time,
scarcely ought to be ranked among the human species. The sayings of Momus, the writings of Demo:
critus, and the attic works of Joe Miller, should, therefore, be studied in our Universities and Tap-
toms, Palaces and Cottages, Drawing-cooms and Kitchens, not only for health and pleasure, but from
due regard to the dignity and honourable distinction of man."-G. A. STERVENS.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY SHERWOOD, JONES, AND CO. PATERNOSTER-ROW; JOHN ANDERSON, JUN, EDINBURGH;
1, CUMMING, DUBLIN; AND TO BE HAD OF ALL DEALERS IN CLASSICAL LITERATURE.

Price 10s. 6d. bound.

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PROLOGUE.

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GENTLE READER,

Ws present thee with a voluine of examples of Wir. Whatever be thy humour, its Patents must please thee even in spite of thyself. Whatever be thy diseases of mind, thou wilt here find medicine for all of them-antidotes to bad weather, dull neighbourhoods, contrary winds, protracted remittances, chronic disorders, lawsuits, gout, scolding wives, drunken husbands, and all the numerous et cæteras in the catalone of life's miseries. With this volume in thy hands, thou mayst always enjoy

the soul's calm sunshine," and be a stranger to ennui, hypochondria, the blue devils, and devils of all colours, which would disturb thy repose and sense of wellBeing.

Talk of the Philosopher's Stone, Fortunatus's Wishing-cap, and the diminutive Eticide's Invisible Coat, these are mere baubles, when compared with this book, for thou wilt be cheerful, merry, and without any wants, while thou hast in thy panch or pocket this unfailing and omnipotent talisman. "I would rather," said a profound philosopher, "have been born with a cheerful disposition, than heir to ten thousand a-year," and he might have said, twenty or fifty thousand; for what is wealth without that healthful state of mind, which this golden volume will infallibly

re? THIS BOOK IS THEREFORE Worth TWENTY THOUSAND A-YEAR; and its possessor tay look down with pity on the man, however wealthy, who nevertheless lacks this basare, Before breakfast, it will create good spirits for the day; after dinner, it will pote digestion and healthful secretions; and after supper, it will so weary thy andes, and exercise thy diaphragm, that repose, sound and sweet, will be the cercompanion of thy pillow.

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