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R E A D E R.
OETA nascitur non fit, is a sentence
of as great truth as antiquity; it being
most certain, that all the acquired learning imaginable is insufficient to complete a poet, without a natural genius and propensity to go noble and sublime an art. And we may, withcut offence, . observe, that many very learned men, who have been thought ambitious to be thought poets, have only rendered themselves obnoxious to that satirical inspiration, our author wittily invokes :
Which made them, though it were in spite
On the other side, fome who have had
very little human learning t, but were endued with a large share of natural wit and parts, have become the most celebrated poets of the age they liv.
But as these last are, rarae -aves in terris; so when the muses have 'not disdained the afistances of other arts and sciences,' we are
+ Shakespear, D'Averiant, etc.