to wit and poetry. The Judges and Ma­gistrates may with full as good reason be re­proach’d with Ill-nature, for putting the laws in execution against a Thief or Im­postor — The same will hold in the Re­publick of Letters, if the Criticks an Judges will let every Ignorant Pretender to scribling, pass on the world.

Theobald, Lett. to Mist, .

Attacks may be levelled, either a­gainst Failures in Genius, or against the Pretensions of writing without one.

Concanen, Ded. to the Auth. of the Dunc.

A Satyre upon Dulness, is a thing that has been used and allowed in All Ages.

Out of thine own Mouth will I judge thee, wicked Scribler!

MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS
HIS
PROLEGOMENA
TO THE
DUNCIAD.

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