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RAPE of the LOCK.

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HEROI-COMICAL

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Written in the Year MDCCX11,

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Mrs. ARABELLA FERMOR,

MADAM,

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pleat it.

T will be in vain to deny that I have some regard

for this piece, since I dedicate it to You. Yet may bear me witness, it was intended only to divert a few young Ladies, who have good sense and good humour enough to laugh not only at their sex's little unguarded follies, but at their own. But as it was communicated with the air of a Secret, it foon found its way into the world. An imperfect copy having been offer'd to a Bookseller, you had the good-nature for my fake to consent to the publication of one more correct: This I was forc'd to, before I had executed half

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defign, for the Machinery was entirely wanting to com

The Machinery, Madam, is a term invented by the Critics, to signify that part which the Deities, Angels, or Dæmons are made to act in a Poem: For the ancient Poets are in one respect like many modern Ladies: let an action be never so trivial in itself, they always make it appear of the utmost importance. These Machines I determin’d to raise on a very new and odd foundation, the Rosiçrusian doctrine of Spirits.

I know how disagreeable it is to make use of hard words before a Lady; but 'tis fo much the concern of a Poet to have his works understood, and particularly by your Sex, that you must give me leave to explain two or three difficult terms.

The Rosicrusians are a people I must bring you acquainted with. The best account I know of them is in

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