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THE NEW YOK PUBLIC LIBRA 171339

ASTOR. LENOX AND TIL DEN FOUNDATIONS,

A D V E R T IS E M E N T.

AS

S none of the liberal sciences can afford a

nobler entertainment to the human mind than poetry, so it is presumed, that a judicious collection of agreeable and instructive poems can never be unseasonable. Music ravishes the ear, and affects the foul ; but its sweet enchantment is of Ahort duration : A fine piece of painting, if carefully preserved, will mellow into perfection, and perhaps continue the admiration of mankind for some centuries ; but the works of the poet live for ever. We must, however, except those pieces, which, though intrinsically of the highest merit, yet, being published in a loose, careless, or inelegant manner, nuft of course, in a hort time, perish in the wžeck of oblivion. To preserve some of these spirited productions, which have been thus unfortunately negle&tzd, is one part of the design of this publication. But it will be proper briefly to inform the leader of the rature of our plan. First then, we propose once a month (for one year only) to publish a small volume of poems, printed in an elegant manner; each of which will take its title from the month at the conclusion of which it is published, and be introduced with some original poems, particularly descriptive of its proper

month :

month: afterwards will be added variety of pieces that are either amusing or instructive (and at the fame time not immoral), which, though of real merit, have passed through the world unnoticed:

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air. Though it must be confessed, that our plan is of an extensive nature, yet we do not in the least despair of bringing it to a considerable degree of perfection; as we have laid in a very large fund of fcarce and valuable poems, are poffeffed of many original pieces, and have the promise of assistance from gentlemen of the most celebrated names, the moft acknowledged taste, and the most diftinguished genius.

Dec, 245

FRANCIS FAWKES.

JAM WOTY.

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1762.

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