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Drake and his ship could not have wish'd from Fate
PROLOGUE To the CUTTER OF COLMAN STREET.
S, when the midland sea is no where clear
From dreadful fleets of Tunis and Argier Which coait about, to all they meet with foes, And
upon which nought can be got but blows The merchant-fhips so much their paffage doubt, That, though full-freighted, none dares venture out, And trade decays, and scarcity ensues : Just so the timorous wits of late refuse, Though laded, to put forth upon the stage, Affrighted by the criticks of this age. It is a party numerous, watchful, bold; They can from nought, which fails in fight, with-hold; Nor do their cheap, though mortal, thunder fpare ; They shoot, alas ! with wind-guns charg'd with air. But yet, gentlemen-criticks of Argier, For your own interest I'd advise ye here, To let this little forlorn-hope go by Safe and untouch'd, “That must not be" (you'll cry.) If ye be wise, it muft; I 'll tell you why. There are seven, eight, nine-stay there are behind Ten plays at least, which wait but for a wind,
And the glad news that we the enemy
STAY, gentlemen; what I have said was all
END OF THE SEVENTH VOLUME.
C C ο Ν Τ Ε Ν Τ S
THE SEVENTH VOLUME,
LEGIA dedicatoria, ad illustrissimam Academiam
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