P R E F A C E.

THE Publication of the following Poems, if such they may be called, proceeds not from motives of ostentation in the Author nor a desire of discovering to the world his Poetical abilities; neither does he find any violent inclination to wear the laurels of Fame. He is very sensible (though perhaps not so much as he ought to have been) that they are but too much destitute both of the spirit and dress of Poetry, sufficient to justify their appearance in Public; and is well aware, that a great part of mankind may, perhaps both treat himself and his Publication with ridicule and contempt: but as he never had the vanity to think he was capable of instructing mankind, he will be satisfied if he can here furnish them with something that may contribute to their amusement; and, as there is nothing more common than for one part of the world to laugh at the other, he cannot think he has any just reason to be offended, though he should be laughed at in his turn, as well as others who may find themselves his betters.

IN consequence of misfortunes and disappointments, he was, some years ago, torn from his ordinary way of life, and shut up in Retirement, which he found at first painful and disagreeable. Imagining however that he had a kind of turn for Rhyming, in order to support his solitude, he set himself to compose the following Pieces, without the least view or design of Publishing them. A few Friends, however, having accidentally seen them, insisted on him for their Publication, and have at last prevailed.

THE Author, alas! both from his circumstances and manner of life, being constantly engaged in labour or business, was denied the share of Education which is necessary to form the Gentleman and the Poet; and what is more against him still, he has never had leisure to read; so that, what he has wrote, is merely the effect of his own observations on nature, men, and things, and these huddled together without any order or method. But as he has been careful not to write any thing that might give just cause of offence to any one, or trespass upon the rules of decency or morality, the greatest loss that can possibly be sustained by the Book, is only the loss of it's price. Upon the whole he throws himself upon the humanity and indulgence of the Public.

HE returns his most sincere thanks to his Subscribers, especially to those who have befriended him by procuring a number of Subscriptions; and, if the perusing of the following Trifles should, for a while, beguile the languid hour, or dispel the load of care from the hearts of any of them, who, like the Author, have been unfortunate, his end will in a great measure be gained, and he will have the satisfaction to think that he has not altogether laboured in vain.

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