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SELECTED TO ENFORCE THE
PRACTICE OF VIRTUE.
With a view to comprise in one Volume the
BY THOMAS TOMKINS.
The pleasing Art of Poetry's design'd
Printed for the Editor, and
P U B L I C.
be said to claim our first attention, as it was originally intended to express our gratitude to the Deity, and teach mnankind the most important precepts of religion and virtue; by which the human soul is not only exalted and refined, but the heart is fortified against all the various assaults of human calamities, and by which we are taught to confider happiness as entirely depending on the reflections of our own minds. We shall be sufficiently convinced of these truths, if we only consider the particular end and design of the several species of poetry.
The Epic POEM was intended to convey instructions disguised under the allegory of an