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But, to patronize her more antient Votarys at this time, is not more honourable to our Nacion, than necefsary for them : Since so much Prejudice has been ungratefully rais'd against them, by those, who have been most improv'd by their Writings.
When therefore I was moved by the BRITISH MUSE to recommend these Antients to a Patron most eminent for Abilities and Inclination to protect them ; one of sufficient Knowledge to plead their Merits, and Interest to promote their Cause; I was presently by her inspired, to make this Oblation to your LADYSHIP, so nearly ally'd in Genius and Judgment to her, that I could not distinguish
your Name, but as another for her own:
Whatever Impropriecies the Witcy or the Wise may find in other Parts of my Choice chroughout this Collection, I dare stand their Test in this. And I am persuaded, the Authors themselves, could not be better fatiffied with all the Justice that might be paid them, in reviving their Performances; than with so much Credit as they may receive from your Ladyship's Approbation. I am but their Sollicitor, and could not have the Boldness to sue for your Favour, but under the Umbrage of their Deserts. Alexander faved Part of a from Destruction, for the MI
only. of one Poet: Here' the Merics of many Poets sue for the Protection only of one Book.
With the most profound Respect,
Your Ladyship's most obedient,
2257 P A N D E R.
M kept for pleasure, though I never
taste it. For 'tis the usher's office, ftill to cover His lady's private meetings with her
Marfon's Insatiate Countess.
1. At best 'tis but a goodly pandarism.
The word includes preferment, 'tis a title
Not shap'd into a garment fit for wearing,
John Ford's Fancy chast and noble.
But you are
Mafinger's Emperor of the East.
Crown's Sir Courtly Nice.
Shakespear's Timon. MH. May you a better feast never behold,
You knot of mouth-friends: smoke, and luke-warm water