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E S S A Y S
with A COLLECTION OF SUCH
AS ARE MOST EMINENT FOR
THE SECOND EDITION,
WITH ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS,
Nec, fi quid olim lusit Anacreon
JOSEPH JOHNSON, No. 72, St. Paul's Church -Yard, LONDON,
DORNING RASBOTHAM, Esq.
OF BIRCH HOUSE, NEAR BOLTON,
LA N c A S H I RE.
ing the name of a friend to a work which cáti preterid to little more than the merit of cesipilation, but which the indulgence of the public has conducted a second tine to the press, there are many reasons why I should desire to pay this tribute of respect to you.
EXCLUSIVE of the instances of regard with which
have honoured me; that happy combination of elegant retirement and social intercourse, of attention to public duties and cul
tivation of the fine arts, and, particularly, that refined taste for the beauties of poetry, and that talent for producing those beauties, for all which Mr. Ralbotham is so well known and fo justly admired, will, I am sure, be thought to stamp a peculiar propriéty a hymentions.
Acceet, therefore, dear Sir, this testimony of :regard; as proceeding from the fincereft fentiments of efteem and friendship of
Your most obedient,
P R E F A C E.
N converfing with a few of my friends who were lovers of poetry, I have
frequently joined them in lamenting that the number of excellent fongs which our language afforded, were so dispersed through a variety of authors, or overwhelmed in injudicious colle&tions, that it was a most difficult matter to discover and enjoy the riches of this kind which we podeled. We observed that every collection of songs, without exception, was degraded by dullness, or debased by indecency; and that song-writing scarcely seemed in any of them to be considered as a pleasing Species of poetical composition, but merely as