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SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

To which are added,

THE

TRAGEDIES

O F

JULIUS CAESAR, and MARCUS BRUTUS.

BY

JOHN SHEFFIELD,
DUKE of BUCKINGHAM.

-NEC PHOEBO GRATIOR ULLA EST

QUAM SIBI QUAE VARI PRAESCRIPSIT PAGINA NOMEN.

VIRG.

GLASGOW,

PRINTED BY ROBERT AND ANDREW FOULIS

M DCC LII,

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TESTIMONIES

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AUTHORS,

Concerning his GRACE, and his WRITINGS.

Earl of ROSCOMMON, Efay on Tranflated Verfe.
APPY that Author! whofe correct * Essay

H well our old HORATIAN way.

DRYDEN, Abfalom and Achitophel.
Sharp-judging ADRIEL, the mufes friend,
Himself a mufe-In Sanhedrim's debate,
True to his prince, but not a slave of state.

DRYDEN, Verfes to Lord. ROSCOMMON.
How will fweet OVID's ghost be pleas'd to hear
His fame augmented by an English peer?
Now he embellishes his HELEN's loves,
Outdoes his softness, and his fenfe improves!

DRYDEN, Preface to VIRGIL'S AENEIS.

"YOUR Effay on Poetry, which was published without a "name, and of which I was not honour'd with the confi "dence, I read over and over, with much delight, and as "much inftruction; and, without flattering you, or making "myself more moral than I am, not without fome envy. I "was loth to be informed how an Epic Poem should be writ"ten, or how a Tragedy should be contrived and managed, "in better verfe, and with more judgment, than I could teach ❝ others.

"I gave the unknown Author his due commendation, I "must confefs: but who can answer for me, and for the rest "of the Poets who heard me read the Poem, whether we "should not have been better pleased, to have seen our own "names at the bottom of the Title-page? Perhaps we com*Efay on Poetry.

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