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Printed for L. GILLIVER, and J. CLARKE,

at Homer's Head against St. Dunstan's Church
in Fleetstreet, MDCCXXXVI.

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PREFACE

Prefix'd to the five first imperfect Edi

tions of the DUNCIAD, printed at Dublin and London, in Octavo and

Duod. 1727

a í PUBLISHER to the READER.

T will be found a true observation, tho' some,

what surprizing, that when any scandal is vented

against a man of the highest distinction and chaTacter, either in the State or in Literature, the publick

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a The Publifber.) Who he was is uncertain ; but Edward Ward tells us in his preface to Durgen,

66 that " most judges are of opinion this preface is not of

English extraction but Hibernian, &c.” He means Dr. Swift, who whether publisher or not, may be faid in a sort to be author of the poem : For when

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