As the occasion of this Poem was real, not fie-
titious; so the method pursued in it was rather
imposed by what spontaneously arose in the
Author's mind on that occasion, than meditated
or designed. Which will appear very probable
from the nature of it. For it differs from the
common inode of poetry ; which is, from long
narrations to draw short morals. Here, on the
contrary, the narrative is short, and the morality
arising from it makes the bulk of the Poem.
The reason of it is, that the facts mentioned did
naturally pour these moral reflections on the
thought of the Writer.