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A Prophet's Voicedia
Be your's; and our Redemption near at Hand !
Uninterrupted Freedom bless the Land !

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the Kingdom of the Dull upon Earth: How she leads captive the Sciences, and silencerh the Muses; and what they be who succeed in their Stead. Al her Children by a wonderful Attraction, are drawn about her; and bear along with them alfo divers others, who promote her Empire by Connivance, weak Refistance, or Discouragement of Arts ; fuch as half Wits, tasteless Admirers, vain Pretenders, the Flatterers of Dunces, or the Patrons of them. All these crowd round her: One of them offering to approach her, is driven back by a Rival, but she commends and encourages both. The first who Speak in Form are the Geniuses of the Schools, who assure her of their Care to advance her Cause, by confining Youth to Words, and keeping them out of the Way of real Knowledge. Their Address, and her gracious Answer ; with her Charge to them and the Universities. The Universities appear by their proper Deputies, and assure her, that the fame Method is observed in the Progress of Education: The Speech of Aristarchus on this Subject. They are, driven off by a Band of young Gentlemen, return'd

from Travel with their Tutors; one of whom deli. vers to the Goddess, in a polite Oration, an Account

of the whole Conduct and Fruits of their Travels : presenting to her at the fame Time a young Nobleman perfectly accomplish'd, She receives him graciously, and indues him with the happy Quality of Want of Shame. She fees loitering about her a Number of indolent Perfons abandoning all Business and Duty, and dying with Laziness; to these approaches the Antiquary Annius, intreating her to make them Virtuafos, and aflign them over to him: But Mummius, another Antiquary, complaining of his fraudulent Proceeding, the finds a Method to reconcile their Difference. Then enter a Troop of People


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