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Or, a COLLECTION of all the
IN OUR POEMS and PLAYS:
From the Celebrated SPENCER, The WHOLE Instructive, Moral, and Humour..
ous; and adapted to all Degrees of Mankind : Alphabetically digested under proper Heads, in Chronological Order of Time. Collected from many hundrei Volum
Several “MINENT HANDS
To which is prefix'd, An Alphabetical Catalogue of Authors, Poems, and Plays quoted in the Collection. Also Historical
tical Review of all the ESSAYS of this Kind . "published.
In THREE VOLUN
Containing an Historical and Critical
Review of all the Collections of this
HE supposed ease of digesting the fine thoughts of our poets under their proper heads, has, no doubt, given birth to
the several undertakings of this kind that have appeared in publick ; and, probably, to many others of the same nature, which still neep, or have expired in manuscript. The advantage also arising from such collections, may have had no small share in inducing several to make them publick : For with what success may not an author fatter himself, who supplies his reader with the fruits of a long applicacion, at the expence of licele cime and pains ; especially when those immortal fruits carry with them the necessity of charming, inspiring, forming all hearts, and, like scattered says collected in one