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IN THREE PARTS.
Devotional, Moral, and Entertaining.
The Whole being
A COLLECTION of the BEST PIECES in our Language.
By Dr. GOLDSMITH, Author of the TRAVELLER, a POEM:
External Graces, all deray;
Their Power is quickly paft:
A well-form'd Mind extends their Sway,
And bids each Beauty laft.
A NEW EDITION.
Printed for WILLIAM DAVENHILL, (Numb, 8.) in Cornhill, 1770.
OCTOR FORDYCE's excellent Sermons for young women in fome measure gave rife to the following compilation. In that work, where he so judiciously points out all the defects of female conduct to remedy them, and all the proper ftudies which they should pursue, with a view to improvement, Poetry is one to which he particularly would attach them. He only objects to the danger of purfuing this charming study through all the immoralities and falfe pictures of happiness with which it abounds, and thus becoming the martyr of innocent curiofity.
In the following compilation care has been taken to select, not only fuch preces as innocence may read without a blush, but fuch as will even tend to ftrengthen that innocence. In this little work a lady may find the most exquisite pleasure, while fhe is at the fame time learning the duties of life; and, while fhe courts only entertainment, be deceived into wifdom. Indeed, this would be too great a boaft in the preface to any original