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Hurricane } 212 Mercury.
Houds. 1 Mean, Golden 278, Physick.
} 282 Poetaster.
. 343 Sickne
Polyphemels. 346 Sifence
Popular. 349 Singung
Moon. 285 Predestination 352 Sleep
Morrow. 289 Pliisick & 19 Smith
224 Mountains, 291 Astrology. Smoke
294 Proteus 358 Sizow
230 Nature Art. 302 by hagorean Spiritti
303 PublikEntry 128 Spring
312) Rape 360 Storm
Reason 367 Strean
313 Repintance 303 Style
Oedipus, 315 Resurection 374 Subjec
334 Shade 390 Thunde
A R T
II. A Collection of the most Natüral;
III. A Dictionary of RHYMES.
By EDW. B Y ssh E. Gent.
The Fourth Edition.
O many are the Qualifications, as well natural as acquir’d, that are
essentially requisire to the making of a good Poet, that 'tis in vain for any Man to aim at a great Reputation on account of his Poetical Performances, by barely fol. lowing the Rules of others, and reducing their Speculations into Practice. It may not be imposible indeed for Men, even of indifferent Parts, by making Examples to the Rules hereaftergiven, to compofe Verses smooth and well-founding to the Ear; yet if such Verses want strong Sense, Propriety and Elevation of Thought, or Pu. rity of Diction, they will be at best buc what Horace calls them, Versus inopes rerum, nugeque canora; and the Writers of them not Poets, but versifying Scriblers. I pretend not therefore by the following Sheets to teach a Man to be a Poet in spight of Fate and Nature, but only to be of help to the few who are born to be so, and whom audit vocatus Apollo.
To this End I give in the first Place Rules for making English Verse: And these