Poetical recreations consisting of original poems, songs, odes, &c. with several new translations : in two parts
Barker, Jane.
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LEST the Book might appear Naked, and unfashionable, I thought it could not be altoge∣ther unnecessary to say something by way of Preface; Therefore, not to be tedious, and pedantickly stuff it up with Quotations of several Langua∣ges, (as some affect, to shew Learn∣ing) I shall only say this of the en∣suing Poetical Recreations, That the kind reception some other things of this nature have found, encouraged me in the attempt of Publishing these; and Page  [unnumbered] I hope they may give as equivalent sa∣tisfaction as any that have preceded them: for the ensuing Verses have pass'd the test of several that know how to judge of Poetry, and that was sufficient to prompt me to the adven∣ture.

The First Part of these Miscella∣nies are the effects of a Ladies Wit, and I hope all the Courtly will (though out of a Complement) allow them for valuable: But however, not to say much more of her Verses, I doubt not but they will commend themselves far better than I can pretend to; for all good things carry with them a certain irresistable Authority, not to be op∣pos'd.

The Second Part flows from the Pens of those whose Educations gave them the opportunity of improving Page  [unnumbered] their natural Endowments at the Universities, and some others who wanted those advantages; and by reading you may find the difference of Parts improv'd, and Parts as barely natural: And as Learning is but a way to set off Nature, so very often we see Nature naked to appear more beautifull, than when confin'd or daub'd by auker'd and unnecessary Art, which makes it often prove like a good Face spoil'd by ill Paint, and injurious Washes. But not to pretend to give you a particular Harangue of each Au∣thour, and an account of their Wri∣tings, who have been so kind to the World as to contribute to this Piece; I shall only say that that which Horace said of himself, is applicable to them:

Libera per vacuum posui Vestigia princeps,
Non aliena meo pressi pede.—
Page  [unnumbered]They've trod new Paths, to others Feet unknown,
And bravely ventur'd to lead others on.
If you that read, like, and recom∣mend, so that the Book sells, I am oblig'd, and you pleas'd: And there∣fore I shall leave you to the tryal. Vale.