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Her ROYAL HIGHNESS, the
PRINCESS of WALES.
****S I am confcious, that no Compofition of my own could be worthy to be laid at Your Royal Highness's Feet; It is my Happiness, as an Editor, to have this Opportunity of approaching You, by fubmitting to A 3
Your Protection the best Dramatic Poet that thefe Kingdoms
could ever boaft of. He enjoyed,,
whilft living, the Favour of the greateft Queen that has fate on the English Throne; and therefore, I hope, is intitled to Your Royal Highness's Smiles over his Urn.
Could I picture out his Character equal to its Merits, the World would foon discover a fort of Parallel betwixt the Poet and
were as great, as they were various; his Beauties ftrong, and
all native; the Frame of his Mind as sweet and candid, as his Countenance was open and engaging; and his Sentiments as chafte, as his Conceptions were noble: He knew how to charm without Affectation; and had the wondrous Force of preferving all Hearts, that once felt the Influence of his Attractions.
After what I have faid, MADAM, I am afraid the Duty of this Addrefs fhould be mifconftrued a Panegyrick on Your Royal Highness. But I have professed myself
unequal to the Task of drawing his Portraiture, and my humble Sphere in Life fets me at too great a Distance to take even the Out-lines of Your Perfections. I would not therefore, where I cannot prefume to do Justice, be thought to defcend to the unbecoming Art of Flattery. I muft lanch out, indeed, a great way, to make myself liable to that Imputation, with regard to Your Royal Highness; but Dedications are generally fufpected of Over