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SEVEN VOLUMES,

Collated with the Oldest Copies, and Corrected;
With NOTES, Explanatory, and Critical:

By Mr. THE OBAL D.

Decus, i, noftrum: melioribus utere Fatis. Virg.

LON
L O N D ON:

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Printed for A. BETTES WORTH and C. Hitch,
J. TONS ON, F. CLAY, W. FE A L E s,

and R. WELLINGTON.

M DCC XXXIII.

To the Right Honourable

JO Н N EARL of ORRERT,

Baron Boyle of Marston, &c.

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My LORD,

AM proud that every
Address of mine to You
should begin with the
Acknowledgments

of my Gratitude. This has

particular Reasons to do so; for Your Lordship was so good to bespeak the Patronage of a part of my

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Shakespeare : and my Ducy could do no less than throw the whole under Your Protection.

I shall be casily pardon'd, tho' I thould profess a Sorrow for being reduc'd to make. You this unworthy Offering; because, I know, Your Lordship is truly a Mourner for the Necessicy. The good Lady Orrery (whose Memory I most sincerely venerate) did me che Honour of making her early Claim : and it comes now to You by the melancholy Right of Executorship:

Would it had Merit enough to plead its Interest duly, as an Orphan and Relict from so dear a Friend!

It is a Maxim, I think, My Lord, of Monsieur Rochefoucault

, that all our Actions and Desires flow from the Spring of Self-love. My ardent, ibat vain, Wishes that a long Life might crown the Countess of Orrerry's Virtues, I may say, sprung from a more generous Motive. ` I had Your Lordship's Joy and Interest principally in View: and with'd

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