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LONDON:

PRINTED FOR G. G. J. AND J. ROBINSON, PATER-NOSTER ROW;
AND J. WALTER, CHARING-CROSS.

MDCCLXXXVII.

then at Planą.

The characters of the two authors are too well known to require to be here difplayed. Suffice it to fay, 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 Italian commentaries on Ariftotle's Poetics, has here pointed out and illustrated with true taste and judgement; and that the observations of Ben Jonson have all that closeness and precision of style, weight of fentiment, and accuracy of claffical learning, for which he is fo. juftly celebrated. For the few antiquated expreffions, in both pieces, no apology can be required.

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