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Luxuriancy and Redundancy of poetical Flights of Fancy, but with good, plain, folid and useful Matter : even with the great and necessary Points and Fundamental Articles of the Christian Religion.
HAD it been my Aim and Endeavour in the ensuing Poems, to have pleased the Criticks of the Age, it had been a most vain Attempt for me, who am so very unequal
for it ; and also imposíble to have been so useful and beneficial to the great Variety and Generality of Readers, as I now propose, and hope by the Blessing of God, to be.
In short, if I have been so happy. as to please God, in being useful to any Member of his Church, I need not be much concerned about the Censures of Men.
SHOULD a Clergyman study by exalted Strains of Oratory, and Rhetorical Flowers, or otherwise, to adapt and address his Dif
courses to those few of his Auditors, who are Men of the brightest Genius, and greatest Abilities; baving no regard to cll the Reft, who are vaftly wore numerous, he would juftly merit a sharp Rebuke from his Diocesan ; and which is infinitely more, a severe Sentence from the great Bishop of our Souls, and Judge of the World.
The End of Preaching, and so, of Writing also, should be, To do as much Good, and be as useful as posible to Mankind; duely considering their different Capacities, Educations, and Necesties : And he who does not so, is an unfaithful Steward.
I HAVE not therefore made it
Care and Business, to please and profit only the Men of superior Parts, Wit and Learning : But (as the inspired Apostle directs) I have endeavoured to please my Neighbour (in general) for his good, to Edification; if
that which is for his Edification will please him. And if not, I am sorry for him, yet comfort myself however with the Hopes of being in some measure instrumental to the Good and Happiness of every well-distofed and candid Reader.
P 0 E M S On the Principal Festivals and Fasts of the
Church of ENGLAND.
On the Annunciation of the blessed
Virgin Mary, March 25. commonly called Lady-Day. Which hath a peculiar Respect to the Incarnation of our blessed Saviour.
Is the mysterious Incarnation
No Man, nor Angel, can declare, or tell
* Mat. i. 21. Jla. liji. 8.