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Dedicated to the Rev. MOSES BROWNE, Vicar of Olney, Bucks
And Chaplain of Morden College.
BY WILLIAM AUGUSTUS WILLIS, M. D.
Degen'rate Minds, in mazey Error lost,
Sir Richard Blackmore's CREATION, Book vit,
Reverend MOSES BROWNE
VICAR OF OLNEY, BUCKS,
CHAPLAIN OF MORDEN COLLEGE,
Filled with a fincere and filial Affection for th Father of 'a much-loved Wife, and with Reverence fo your sacred Function, permit me to dedicate to you th following Poem.
Happy for many. Years in the Possession of you amiable Daughter, (by whom I had many Pledges mutual Affection,) and honoured with your
Friendship I cannot reflect on departed Years without feeling th most tender, yet agreeable Sensations ; such Sensations a must resist the Power of Time, as they are grounded o Principles that will render them existent to all Eternity.
D E DI C Α Τ Ι Ο Ν.
You, Sir, are the best Judge of those delicate Sentiments which are better felt than described, as the Goodness of your Heart, and the natural Complacency of your Temper, have rendered you dear to your Friends, and every Lover of sincere Piety, ..
Far be it from me to fatter weak Mortality, or raise an uncertain Fame on so fandy a Foundation : The truly Religious scorn the Incense of Flattery, and he who dares to offer it must sink in the Estimation of the Good and Wise ; but Gratitude may be indulged to breathe her soft Effufions, in Return for your generous Endeavours to render happy the Son of that Daughter who fo dearly
Your well-known Taste for sacred Poesy, and the affecting and pious Sublimity
, of your Numbers *, give me the strongest Encouragement to shield my humble Effay under your kind Patronage---Let my sincere Intentions plead for your Favour.
Encouraged by you, and supported in the ardent Task by the gentle Offices and Example of the most
amiable * Sunday-Thoughts, &c.
amiable of Women, (the tender Partner of my happic Hours,) I first pursued, with humble Diffidence, th Gospel Track, the glorious Path of Liberty and Light and found new Beauties shine through the sacred Page of the Book of Life." ;
: To those happy Hours I owe the fixed Principles which, I trust, in the aweful Hour of Dissolution, wi prove a Sheet-Anchor to my departing Soul.
Sincerity is the furest Guide to eternal Happiness, and like Cornelius, is an humble Attempt to attract the fa therly Notice of a benevolent God, who fees us lik Prodigals afar off, and rejoices at our weakest Efforts to return to our Father's House, the Seat of perpetual Fes. tivity and uninterrupted Peace.
May Sincerity and Humility continue to be your con stant Attendants in the heavenly Walk; and, while Prid and Self-Presumption hide beneath the Tomb their tow. ering Heads, may you, dear Sir, be called up to a more exalted Seat at that heavenly Feast, and wear, to the endless Ages of Eternity, the Wedding-Garment of unsullied Righteousness !