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In SIXTEEN BOOKS.

The Author, JOHN SPENCER,

Not to know at large of things remote
From use, obfcure and subtle, but to know
That which before us lies in daily life,
Is the prime wisdom; what is more, is fume,
Or emptiness, or fond impertinence;
And renders us in things of more concern
Unpractic'd, unprepar'd, and still to seek.

PARAD. LOST, Book viii. 1. 191,

Fond man! the vision of a moment made!
Dream of a dream! and shadow of a shade.

YOUNG's Paraphrase on Jos.

VOL. I.

NEWCASTLE UPON TONE:

Printed by T. SAINT.

MDCCLXXII.

FCA

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DEDICATION.

From a full conviction, that Virtue

and Honour appear most illustrious, when they are at once imitated and patronized by the Great ; and from a pleasing remembrance of the many repeated professions, made by the worthy JOHN Spencer, of his attachment to, and veneration for the Noble Family; this Poem is, with all due deference, de

the Right Honourable Charles EARL OF TANKERVILLE, by

His Lordship's

Most humble Servant,

dicated to

NEWCASTLE, July 24, 1771.

WILLIAM HILTON

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BOUND

OUND, by a most folemn promise to Mr Spencer

in his life-time, to endeavour to have his Work published; and again enjoined by his LAST Will to th performance of it; I make no other apology to the publi for presenting them with the following Pastoral. I may be charged with any kind of vanity in doing it, is that of exulting in the thought of having my nam handed down to pofterity, with fo respectable a one the AUTHOR, and under such noble patronage.

Th sacred, and inviolable friendship, which subsisted betwee us, for a series of more than twenty years, hath create a fort of secret defire, that, as in life we were so int mately united, we may not in death be altogether d vided! With regard to the literary merit of the work, have no comment to make thereon: It is not my province por have I leisure or abilities for a task of the kind. Th Author in his preface has spoke for himself. Sufficient fi me to believe, that I have discovered in the performant eminent traces of the principles of undefiled religion; pure, disinterested morality, and a perfect benevolence ti wards men; and, upon the whole, a fund of ration amusement. My thanks are due to the courteous su cribers, by whose timely assistance I have been the bett enabled to get forward; and I Aatter myself, none them (who read the Poem seriously) will have any car to apprehend that their generosity hath been misapplied.

The EDITOR.

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