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The ORIGINAL TEXT, and NOTES
IN TWO VOLUME S.
JAMES GRAINGER, M. D.
Τοισας Εξως καλεῖι, Μοίσαι τον Ερωία φερομεν,
Printed for A. MILLAR, in the Strand.
John Bourryau, Efq.
HEN I first thought of prefixing your Name to this Tranflation of Tibullus, I found myfelf confiderably embarraffed; as I would chufe to avoid the Strain of Adulation, fo common in Addreffes of this Kind, on the one Hand, without fuppreffing the just Sense I have of your rifing Merit, on the other. I fhall not however, I flatter myself, incur the Imputation of the first, by declaring, even in this public Manner, my Satisfaction at the Progrefs you have made in every Branch of useful and Polite Literature; and this too, at a Time of Life, when young Men of Fashion are generally engroffed by the idle Amusements
of an Age abounding in all the Means of Diffipation.
If your maturer Years answer, as I am convinced they will, fo favourable a Dawn, I need not a Moment hefitate, to foretel the Happiness of your Friends, in an agreeable Companion, and polite Scholar; and of your Country, in a principled and unfhaken Patriot.
It is with particular Pleasure, Sir, that I dwell, though but in Idea, on this Part of your future Character. The Time is not far off, when you will have finished the Plan of your Education, by a Survey of foreign Countries: and as it will then, of Course, be expected from one of your opulent and independent Fortune, you will, I hope, devote the Fruits of your Industry to the Service of the Public:
Hunc precor, bunc utinam nobis Aurora
Luciferum rofeis candida portet equis.
When you become a Member of the moft auguft Affembly of the Nation, every Well-wisher to the Community will exult to see you unawed by Power, undazzled by Riches, and unbiaffed by Faction: an impartial Affertor of the juft Prerogatives of the Crown, and the Liberties of the People: equally a Foe to Corruption, and a Friend to Virtue.
Such, Sir, are the Hopes which all your Friends at prefent conceive of you: and as your Talents, both natural and acquired, feem ftrongly to confirm thefe Hopes, the more inexcufable you will prove, fhould they hereafter be disappointed.
In regard to the Tranflation, with which I here take the Liberty to prefent you; I will not pretend to fay, I fet no Value upon it. My offering it to you is a Proof of the contrary. Indeed, the chief Merit it has with me, is, that it formerly pleased you. It ferved also, to make many of my Hours pafs agreeably, which otherwife would have