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DEFENCE OF POETRY.

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OBSERVATIONS ON POETRY
AND ELOQUENCE,

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Printed For G. G. J. And J.robinson, Pater-noster Row;
And J.walter, Charino-cross.

MDCCLXXXVII.

The characters of the two authors are too well known to require to be here displayed. Suffice it to say, that there are few rules and few excellencies of poetry, especially epic and dramatic, but what Sir Philip Sydney, who had diligently read the bett Latin and Itas lian commentaries on Aristotle's Poe\ ticspEas here pointedout and illustrated t~wTfh true taste and judgement; and that the observations of Ben Jon/on have all that closeness and precision of style, weight of sentiment, and accuracy of classical learning, for which he is so' justly celebrated. For the few antiquated expressions, in both pieces, no apology can be required.

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POESY.

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WH E N the right virtuous J?. W. and I were at the Emperor's court together, we gave ourselves to learn Horsemanship of Gio. Pietro Pugliano; one that, with great commendation, had the place of an Esquire in his stable: and he, according to the fertileness of the Italian wit, did not only asford us the demonstration of his practice, but sought to inB rich

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