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POETICAL WORKS

OF

DR. WILLIAM KING,

VOL. I.

CONTAINING HIS

ART OF COOKERY, ART OF LOVE, IN
IN IMITATION OF

IMITATION OF
HORACE'S ART OF Ovid's ART OP
POETRY,

LOVE,
&c. &c. &c.

Read here in softcft sounds the sweetest satire ;
A pen dipt deep in gall, a heart good nature.
An English Ovid, from his birth he seems
Inspir'd alike with strong poetick dreams:
The Roman rants of heroes, gods, and Jove;
The Briton purely paints The Art of Love.

ANONYM,

EDINBURG:
AT THE Apollo Puls, BY THE MARTINS.

Anno 1781.

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4-29-32 TRÉLIFE OF

DR. WILLIAM KING.

Tuis ingenious and humorous Poet was fon of Ezekiel King of London, in which city he was born about the year 1663. He was bred with the strictest care from his infancy, and as soon as he became fit for it was put under the care of Dr. Busby at Westminster school, where being chosen King's Scholar, his natural good talents received all those improvements from cultivation that might be expected from fo admirable a master. He was afterwards elected to Christ-church College in Oxford, and admitted a student there on Michaelmas term 1681, at the age

of eighteen years.

With this situation he was particularly pleased, and made use of the advantages it gave him. He had a strong propensity to letters, and of those valuable treasures he daily increased his stock; but being well descended, and becoming early possessed of an easy fortune *, he indulged his genius and

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