These are the last couplets of the poem (vv. 451-455):
- Thus have I made my own opinions clear:
- Yet neither praise expect, nor censure fear:
- And this unpolish'd, rugged verse, I chose;
- fittest for discourse, and nearest prose:
- For, while from sacred truth I do not swerve,
- Tom Sternhold's, or Tom Shadwell's rhymes will serve.