[Edward Ward (1667-1731),] "Preface" to The Tipling Philosophers. A Lyrick Poem. To which is subjoin'd, A
short Abstract of their Lives and most memorable Actions.
As Times go, I think it no great Crime to own, that now and then, when Business will
permit, I love a chiruping Glass, in the Company of such Friends to whom my own may
be acceptable; and the better to prevent all impertinent Chit Chat, and the little
Feuds and Controversies that are too apt to arise, at present, about Dukes and Doctors,
Dutch Memorials, the Changes of the Ministry, and many other epidemical
Fanaticisms, that have wormeaten the Brains of the whole Nation, having a musical
Genius, I am seldom unfurnish'd with some Madrigal or other, proper to preserve an
innocent Mirth from the modish Incursions of State-Politicks, to which almost every
Trading Citizen is become a noisy Pretender...