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But, if it be beneficial to all, it is peculiarly necefiary to Youth. It is at once a Remedy for Bafhfulnefs, and a Prefervative againft the contrary Vice. A polite Perfon ftands in the Middle between a fheepifh Modefty, and a dillafteful Boldnefs. It is the Habit which adds the laft Polifti to Education, brightens the Man of Letters, and ipreads a Glofs over that Sort of Learning which would otherwife appear pedantic. The polite Man may not only underftand Latin and Greek, but may alfo introduce them into Difcourfe, provided it be before proper Company, and on a proper Occafion. The unpolifhed Scholar lugs them in whenever they occur; quotes Ovid to his Miftrefs, and repeats a Paflage from Poly*nus to a Captain of the Guards. To our Youth therefore I beg leave to recommend this concife Manual, which will coft them but little Time to read and no great Pains to pracWe.
To the AUTHOR
Velat materna tempora myrto. Virg.
WHEN Vice the Shelter of a Mafk difdain'd,
In your corre&er Page his Wit we fee.
The griping Wretch, whofe Av'rice robs the Town,
Th' ambitious Courtier, but for difPrent Ends,
The Queftion, Forre/ler, is fomething hard;
O! that thy Work, inftructive, but refin'd, The pleafing Image of your eafy Mind; (Which, like the Statues wrought by Phidian Art, Is one fair whole, complete in every Part,) May cure the lighter Follies of the Age, Cool Bigot Zeal, and foften Party Rage; Expofe 111-nature, Pedantry o'ercome, Strike Affectation dead, and Scandal dumb; Reftore free Coim-rfe to its native Light, And teach Mankind with Eafe to grow polite.
Then round thy Brow the Myrtle Garland twine,
As Paris, loft in paffionate Surprife,