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LONDON:
PRINTED FOR G. G. J. AND J. ROBINSON, PATER-XOSTER Row;'

AND J. WALTER, CHARING-CROSS.

MDCC LXXXVII.

The characters of the two authors are too well known to require to be here displayed. Suffice it to say, that there are few rules and few excellencies of poetry, especially epic and dramatic, but what Sir Philip Sydney, who had

diligently read the best Latin and Ita(lian commentaries on Arißotle's Poe

tics, has here pointed out and illuftrated with true taste and judgement; and that the observations of Ben Jonson have all that closeness and precision of style, weight of sentiment, and accuracy of classical learning, for which he is fo. juftly celebrated. For the few antiquated expressions, in both pieces, no apology can be required.

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