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Innocent and Harmless
In Three CANTO's.
Printed, and Sold by A. Baldwin, near the Oxford-Arms-Inn, in Warwick-Lane, 1699.
PUBLISHED BY A. Baldwin
THE Author of the following Poem, may be thought to write for Fame, and the Applause of the Town, but he wholly disowns it; for he writes only for the Publick good, the Benefit of his Countrey, and the Manufacture ofEngland. It is well known, that Grave Senatorshave often at the Palace-Yard, refresh'd themselves with Barley-Brothin a Morning, which has had a very solid Influence on their Councels; It is therefore hoped that other Persons may use it, with the like success. No Man can be Ignorant, how of late Years Coffeeand Teain a Morning has prevail'd, Nay, Cold Watershave obtain'd their Commendation, and Wells are Sprung up from Acton, to Islington, and cross the Water to Lambeth. These Liquors have several Eminent Champions of all Professions. [Page]But there have not been wanting Persons in all Ages, that have shewn a true Love for their Country, and the proper Diet of it, as Watergruel, Milk-Porridge, Rice-Milk, and especially Furmetry, both with Plumbs and without; to this end several Worthy Persons have Encouraged the Eating such wholsom Dyet in a Morning, and that the Poor may be provided, they have desired several Matrons to stand at Smithfield-Bars, Leaden-Hall-Market, Stocks-Market, and divers other noted places in the City, especially at Fleet-Ditch; There to dispense Furmetryto Labouring People, and the Poor, at Reasonable Rates, at Three-half-Pence, and Two-Pence a Dish, which is not Dear, the Plumbs being Conside ed.
The Places are generally stiled Furmetrys, becaused that Food has got the general esteem; But that at Fleet-Ditch, I take to be one of the most Remarkable, and therefore I have stiled it The Furmetary: And could easily have had a Certificate of the usefulness of this Furmetary, signed by several Eminent Carmen, Gardiners, Journey-Men-Taylors, and Basket-Women, who have promis'd to Contribute to the maintenance of the same, in Case the Coffee-Housesshould proceed to oppose it.
I have thought this a very proper Subject for an Heroick Poem, and endeavoured to be as smooth in my Verse, and as inoffensive in my Characters, as was possible. It is my Case with Lucretius, that I write upon a Subject not Treated of by the Ancients; But the greater Labour, the greater Glory.
Virgilhad a Homerto Imitate, but I stand upon my own Legs, without any support from abroad, I therefore shall have more Occasion for the Readers favour, who from the kind acceptance of this, may expect the description of other Furmetariesabout this City, from
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