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To the Right Honorable
John Lord Sommers,
Baron of Evesham.
T was Your LORDSHIP's opinion andencouragement that occa
fion'd the first appearing of this poem in the Folio Edition, which from thence has been so well receiv'd, that notwithstanding the price of it was four
times greater than before, the fale increas'd double the number every year.
The Work is now generally known and esteem'd ; and I having the honor to hear Your LORDSHIP say, that a smaller edition of it would be grateful to the world, immediately resolv'd upon printing it in this volume, of which I most humbly beg Your acceptance, from,
ever obliged servant.