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Nec, quid olim lusit Anacreon
Delevit ætas ; spirat adhuc amor,
Vivuntque commisfi calores
Æoliæ fidibus puellæ,

HORAT,

W ARRINGTON:

Printed by WILLIAM EYR ES,

FOR

JOSEPH JOHNSON, No. 72, St. Paul's Church -Yard, LONDON,

MDCCLXXIV.

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I may take the liberty of prefix

ing the name of a friend to a work which cari pretend to ličtle more than the merit of cozipilation, but which the indulgence of the public has conducted a second tinie to the press, there are many reasons why I should defire to pay this tribute of respect to you.

EXCLUSIVE of the instances of regard with which

you

have honoured me; that happy combination of elegant retirement and social intercourse, of attention to public duties and cul

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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. Rafbotham is so well known and fo justly admired, will, I am sure, be thought to stamp a peculiar: propriétý ani thy:taļentions.

Accept, therefore, dear Sir, this testimony: of:jegård; as proceeding from the fincereft fentiments of efteem and friendship of

Your most obedient,

and affe&tionate

bumble Servant,

WARRINGTON,
NOVEMBER I, 1774.

JOHN AIKIN.

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N conversing with a few of my friends who were lovers of poetry, I have

frequently joined them in lamenting that the number of excellent songs which our language afforded, were so dispersed through a variety of authors, or overwhelmed in injudicious collections, that it was a most dificult 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

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