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As the occasion of this poem was real, not
fictitious ; fo the method pursued in it, was rather imposed, by what spontaneously arose in the author's mind on that occasion, than meditated. or designed. Which will appear very probable from the nature of it. For it differs from the common mode of Poetry, which is from long narrations to draw foort morals. Here, on the contrary, the narrative is bort, and the morality arising from it makes the bulk of the Poem. The reason of it is, That the facts mentioned did naturally pour these moral reflečiions on the thought of the writer.
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IR'D Nature's sweet restorer, balmy Sleep!
He, like the world, his ready visit pays
From short (as usual) and disturb'd repose,
I wake, emerging from a sea of dreams
Night, fable goddess! from her ebon throne,
Silence and Darkness! solemn fifters ! twins
THOU, who didft put to fight