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OF

HORACE

T ANSLATED INTO

ENGLISH PROSE,

As near the ORIGINAL as the different Idioms of the
LATIN and ENGLISH LANGUAGES Will allow.

WITH

The LATIN TEXT and ORDER OF CONSTRUCTION in the
oppofite Page; and CRITICAL, HISTORICAL, Geo-
GRAPHICAL, and CLASSICAL NOTES, in ENGLISH,
from the beft COMMENTATORS both Ancient and Mo-
dern, with a great many Notes entirely New.

AND

A PREFACE to each SATIRE and EPISTLE, illuftrating their Dif-
ficulties, and fhewing their feveral ORNAMENTS and DESIGN.

For the Ufe of SCHOOLS as well as of PRIVATE GENTLEMEN.
VOL. II.

The FOURTH EDITION

LOND ON:

Printed for the Affigns of JOSEPH DAVIDSON, and fold by
D. BROWNE without Temple-Bar, R. MAN BY on Lud-
gate-Hill, and J. WHISTON and B. WHITE in Fleet-street.

MDCCLIJI

LENOX LIBRAR

NEW YORK

THE

PREFACE.

H

ORACE in all his Poems fhows himself a great Poet, a great Philofopher, and a great Critic; but his Skill in Philofophy and Criticism appears more especially in his SATIRES and EPISTLES, in which he lays down the best Rules, not only to form the Tafte but the Manners of Youth: Nor does he in his SATIRES, while reproving Vice, put himself in a Paffion, like fome Satirists; but on the contrary, he endeavours to laugh us out of our Vices, and fmiles when he is pointing out the Truth to us, as he himself says, Ridentem dicere verum quid vetat; which agrees with the Character Perfius gives of him:

Omne vafer vitium ridenti, Flaccus amico
Tangit & admiffus circum præcordia ludit,
Callidus excuffo populum fufpendere naso.

He, with a fly, infinuating Grace,

Laugh'd at his Friend, and look'd him in the Face;
Wou'd raise a Blush where fecret Vice he found,
And tickle while he gently prob'd the Wound:
With feeming Innocence the Crowd beguil'd,
And made the defp'rate Paffes when he fmil'd.

But to understand the Nature of Satire clearly, it will be neceffary to enquire into its Origin, about which there is fo great a Contest among the Critics. Julius Scaliger and

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