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cufe my own imperfect Endeavours in fome of the following Sheets; and I am now fenfible I might have spar'd saying any thing more to convince every one that there are very great Beauties in his Writings, after I had publifh'd Your Lordship's Approbation of them.

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IT was your Lordship's encou raging a beautiful Edition of Paradife Loft, that first brought that incomparable Poem to be generally known and efteem'd. The Arts can have no Means to acknowledg the great Debt they owe You, but what will at the fame time encrease it. Poetry, and its Sifter-Art Painting, are both happy in your Lordship's Protection; nor cou'd any thing be more for tunate to their nobleft Performan

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ces, than to have had the accurate and undisputed Judgment of a Lord SOMMERS to recommend them.

YET thefe are but inferior Inftances of an extenfive Knowledg, which has always with the fame Authority prefcrib'd' to the Counfels of the Wife, as to the Improvements of the Polite. How much, my Lord, is every Englishman indebted to You, that You have not confin'd Your great Talents to the Cultivation of Literature, and the Ornamental Parts of Life? Nothing lefs than a generous Love to Your Country, and a Zeal for the Caufe of Liberty, cou'd have overcome in You that natural Tafte of Study and Privacy, which, if too far indulg'd, might have loft us the Abilities of one of the grea

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test Statesmen the Age has produc'd. By his Majesty's happy Acceffion to the Throne, the Nation is now put into Poffeffion of a wife and juft Settlement, which Your Lordship had a more than common Share in procuring to us. You have liv'd, my Lord, to fee those Laws establish'd in a lafting. Security, which You fo long explain'd with the moft approv'dJudg ment and Equity, and have guarded by the most teddy Conduct. And tho it is always your Choice, as it is your Motto, to be RATHER USEFUL. THAN CONSPICUOUS; yet give me leave, my Lord, for the Reputation and Gratitude of my Country, to fay, That, even in your greatest Retirement, you can never be wholly hid from the Eyes of a People, to whom you have done fo much good.

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I will detain Your Lordship no longer, than to affure you that I am proud of this Opportunity of declaring the Veneration I have of your great Capacity, fo beneficially employ'd for the Publick, and of the many valuable Qualities which adorn your private Character. I am,

MY LORD,

Your Lordship's

most Obedient,

and moft Devoted

Humble Servant,

JOHN HUGHES.

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THE

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Mr. Edmund Spenfer.

S the Reign of Queen Elizabeth is one of the most fhining Parts of our Histo ry, and an Age of which Englishmen are accuftom'd

to fpeak with a particular Pride and Delight; it is remarkable for having been fruitful in Eminent Genius's of very dif ferent kinds. Among the Romans the

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