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WORKS

IN
VERSE AND PROSE,

OF
WILLIAM SHENSTONE, Efq;
Most of which were never before printed.

IN TWO VOLUMES,
WITH DECORATIONS.

His ego longos
Cantando puerum memini me condere foles. VIRG.

VOL. I.

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LONDON:
Printed for R. and J. DODsley in Pall-mall.

M DCC LXIV.

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PRE FACE. A

Great

part

of the poetical works of Mr. SHENSTONE, particularly his Elegies and Pastorals, are (as he himself expresses it) “ The exact transcripts of the situation of his own mind;” and abound in frequent allusions to his own place, the beautiful scene of his retirement from the world. Exclusively therefore of our natural curiosity to be acquainted with the history of an author, whose works we peruse with pleasure, some short account of Mr. Shenstone's personal character, and situation in life, may not only be agreeable, but absolutely necessary, to the reader ; as it is impofsible he should enter into the true spirit of his writings, if he is entirely ignorant of those circumstances of his life, which sometimes so greatly influenced his reflections.

I could wish however that this talk had been allotted to fome person capable of performing it in that masterly manner which the subject fo А

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