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Vel tibi compofita cantetur Epiftola Voce?
Ignotum hoc aliis ille noravit Opus.

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Printed for T, DAVIES, W. STRAHAN, W. CLARKE

and R. COLLINS, T. BECKET, T. CADELL, G.
ROBINSON, R. BALDWIN, S. BLADON.

M.DCC.I XXV I.

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What Fate attends the Nymph that likes too well :
How faintly the successful Lovers burn;
And their neglected Charms how Ladies mourn.
The Fair you'll find, when soft Intreaties fail,
Affert their uncontested Right, and Rail.
Too soon they liften, and refent too late ;
'Tis sure they Love, whene'er they (trive to Hate.
Their Sex or proudly Shuns, or poorly Craves ;
Commencing Tyrants, and concluding Slaves.

In diff'ring Breasts what diff'ring Pasions glow!
Ours kindle quick, but Yours extinguish flow.
The Fire we boast, with Force uncertain burns,
And breaks but out, as Appetite returns :
Bet Yours, like Incense, mounts by soft degrees,
And in a fragrant Flame consumes to please.
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Your Sex, in all that can engage, Excel;
And Ours, in Patience, and persuading well.
Impartial Nature equally decrees;
You have your Pride, and we our Perjuries.
Tho' form’d to Conquer, yet too oft you Fall,
By giving Nothing, or by granting All.

But, Madam, long will Your 'unpractis'd Years
Smile at the Tale of Lovers Hopes and Fears.
Tho'Infant Graces footh Your gentle Hours,
More soft than Sighs, more sweet than breathing Flow'rs;
Let ralh Admirers your keen Lightning fear;
'Tis bright at distance, but destroys if near.

The Time ere-long, if Verse presage, will come,
Your Charms shall open in full Brudenal Bloom,
All Eyes shall gaze, all Hearts fall Homage vow,
And not a Lover languisti, but for you.
The Muse shall ftring her Lyre, with Garlands crown'd,
And each bright Nymph shall ficken at the Sound.

So when Aurora first salutes the Sight,
Pleas'd we behold the tender. Dawn of Light.
But when with riper Red she warms the Skies,
In circling Throngs the wing'd Musicians rise;
And the gay Groves rejoice in Symphonies.
Each pearly Flow'r with painted Beauty shines;
And ev'ry Star its fading Fire resigns.

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A D V E R T IS E M E N T.

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'HE Publick having encouraged so many Editions of

Ovid's Epifles, I began to think if any thing mighe yet be added to the Perfection of the Work. And the greater Part of Sapho to Phaon being omitted in Sir Carr Scroope's Translation, I solicited an entire new Version of that Epiftle, to render the whole Book compleat. The Author of it will have me acquaint the Reader, that it was undertaken on that Account only, and not out of any supposed Defeet in what that Gentleman had done.

It was proposed in this Edition to change the Method of the Epiftles according to the Chronological Order, and the Connexion the Subjects often have with each other ; which might have contributed to the Ease of the English Reader, by clearing fome Historical Pasages referred to in several of them. But Custom having obtained to the Contrary, we have only subjoined the following Account.

The Chief of thofe who undertook the Expedition of the Golden Fleece, were Hercules and Jason: Some Writers add Theseus, who was Cotemporary with them, and famous for his Victory over the Minotaur, which he atchieved by the Allistance of ARIADNE, whom afterwards forfaking, he married PHÆDRA, who fell in Love with his Son HIPPOLYTUS. Jason as he went on the forementioned Expedition was entertained by HypSYPILE at Lemnos, but deserted her for Medea, and afterwards MEDEA for Creusa. HeRCULES after his A 3

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