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POETICAL WORKS

OF

ALEXANDER POPE,

WITH HIS LAST

CORRECTIONS, ADDITIONS,

AND

IMPROVEMENTS.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

FROM THE TEXT OF DR. WARBURTON.

WITH THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.

But Me, at length, the British Genius smile,

And showV her bounties o'er her favour'd isle:

Behold, for POPE she twines the laurel crown,

And centres ev'ry poet's power in one ——

Each Muse for thee with kind contention strove.

Tot thee the Graces left ih' irtalian prove;

With watchful fondness o'er tl;y cradle hung,

Attun'd thy voice, and f mi'd ihy infant tongue. BROWN.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
Printed for, and under the Direction of,

G. Cawthorn, Oi?ritisl) Libtarp, Strand.

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Come thou, my Friend! my Genius 1 come along.

Oh, mastercf the poet and the song!

Arid while 1he Muse now sloops, or now ascends

To man's low passions or their glorious ends,

Teach me, like thee, in various Nature wise,

Tofall with dignity, with temper rise'*---

Oh! while along the stream of time thy name

Expanded flies, and gathers all its fame,

Bay, shall my little bark attendant sail.

Pursue the triumph, and partake the gale f

Shall then this Veise to future age pretend

Thou wert my guide, philosopher, and friend f

That, urg'd by thee, I turn'd the tuneful art

From sounds to things, from fancy to the heart;

For wit's false mirror held up Nature's light,

Shew'd erring Pride, whatever is is right---—

That virtue only makes our bliss below.

And all our knowledge is ourselves to know. XSS. ON MAN.

LONDON:

Printed for, and under the Direction of,

C. Cawthorn, T&ritfelj Lib;carg, Strand.

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OF

ALEXANDER POPE.

Tnis illustrious Poet was born at London in 168S, arid was descended from a good family of that name in Oxfordshire, the head of which was the Earl of Downe, whose sole heiress married the Earl of Lindsey. His father, a man of primitive simplicity and integrity of manners, was a merchant of London, who, upon the Revolution, quitted trade, and converted his effects into money, amounting to near 10,000/. with which he retired into the country; and died in 17*7, at the age of seventy-five.

Our Poet's mother, who lived to a very advanced age, being ninety-three years old when she died in 1733, was tne daughter of William Turner, Esq. of York. She had three brothers, one of whom was killed, another died in the service of King Charles; and the eldest, following his fortunes, and becoming a general officer in Spain, left her what estate remained after sequestration and forfeitures of her family. To these circumstances our Poet alludes in his Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, in which he mentions his parents.

Of eentle b:ood (parr shed in Honour's cause.

While yel ^n Britain honour had applause) ^ Each pHT nr sprang— Whatfortune pray:-- their own;

And better got than Bestia's from the throne. J ^ - Born to no pride, inheriting no strife, -. • Nor mflrryins discord in a noble wife;

Stranger ro civil and religious ragei 1 fr The good man walk'd innoxious thro' his age:

No courts he saw, no suits would ever try } i" Kferdar'dan oath, nor hazarded a lie:

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