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Boston Magazine

For MA RC H, 1784.

:: CONTAINING,

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178

Page. g The Temple of Love, 199 On Genigs and Tafte, 169 11 The Death of Grey Toby, 200 Description of different Soakes A Rebus,

201 in the southern ftates, 171 Verres on Paper,

202 Paragraph of an address to Epigram on a Lady, ibid.

General Washington, 173 On a pipe ofTobacco, ibid. Account of the Sea-Cow, 174 Upon a Lady's favourite SpaEssay on the Right of Consci

niel,

ibid. ence,

175

An Enigmatical Lill of Young On Education,

Ladies in Plymouth, ibid,
On Man,

STATE PAPERS.
On the English Universities, išo Translation of the Preliminary
An Essay on Flattery, 183 Articles of Peace, between
Remarks on Sir C. Grandi his Britannic Majefty, and
fon,

185

the MoАChriftian King, 203 On Agriculture,

186 MONTHLY CHRONOLOGY. Description of Amsterdama, 188 Foreign News, VA Inconftancy,

189

American News,
The Chara&ter of Dr. Cooper, The Trial of Susannah Jones

. ibid. The Free Republican, No.II. The Trial of Mrs.Kirrily, 209

(192

Proceedings of the General
Triumph over Old Age, 193 Court,
Proposals for a Poem, 196 An Obituary for March, 213
POETICAL ESSAYS.

Meteorological Observations,
Belinda. A Pastoral,

&c. On the Return of Peace, 198 00

With the following & MBELLISHMENT S, viz. No. I. Frontispiece. No. II. An elegant Likeness of the

Rev. Samuel Cooper, D.D.

206 208

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TON MAGAZINE, repeat their acknowledgments to their several Correspondents, and ask the continuance of their favours. From the pieces presented both in prose and verse, they have selected such as they imagined would be mdit entertaining to their readers. They do not deny fome mfrit to the rest, but it is their opinion, they are not so well calculated for a Magazine:

The proposals for a Poem upon the FALLS of NIAGARA were received with great pleasure ---- The author is desired to complete the work. The Editors have no doubt of his poetical talents, though he modestly disclaims all pretensions to them.

They once more defire that their correfpondents would transmic their pieces earlier in the Month: That they would mark such as are not original; and mention the work from whence they were taken.

The Fifth Number is now submitted to their friends and readers. Should it be received with the same candour which has been exercised towards their former publications, the Editors will think they have not been wholly unsuccessful in their attempt to amuse a vacant hour ; and to relieve a mind oppreffed with more serious application.

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enveloped in myfterious and through a mitt, We will allow a poet incomprehensible language, as to express his meaning, when it is

if it was thought necessary that not well known to himself, with a cereven the terms Mould correspond totain degree of obfcurity ; as it is ono theidea entertained of the inftability fource of the sublime. But when, in and uncertainty of the rules which plain prore, we gravely talk of court. they expressed. To speak of Genius ing the rule in fhady bowers ; wait and Tafte, as any way connected with ing the call and inspiration of Genius, reason or common sente, would be in Anding out where he inhabits, and the opinion or fome towering talkers, where he is to be invoked with the to speak like a man who poflefied nxi greateft success ; of attending to times ther, who had never felt that enchuf- and seasons when the imagination asm, or, to use their own inflated lan Moots with the greatest vigour, when guage, was never warmed by that ther at the summer folftice or the e. Promethean fire, which animates the quinox; sagaciovlly observing how canvass and vivifies the marble. If, much the wild freedom and liberty of in order tobe intelligible, I appear to de imagination is cramped by attention grade art, by bringing hěr downfrom to enablished rules; and how this same her vifionary fituation in the clouds, imagination begins to grow dim in it is only to give her a more solid advanced age, smoothered and deadmanfion upon the parth. It is necef. ned by too much judgment. When

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If all this means what it is very profeffort of art, not to let any opinipoffible was originally intended only. ons relative to that art pass unexamito be meant, that in order to culti- ned. The caution and circumspection vate an art, a man secludes himself required in such an examination, wo from the commerce of the world, and thall presently have an opportunity of retires into the country at particular explaining. Genius and Tate, in seasons s or that at one time or other, their cominon acceptation, appear to his body is in better health, and con- be very nearly related ; the difference fequentiy h?s mind fitter for the busi- lies only in this, thar Galus has fonels of hard thinking than at another peradded to it a habit or power of time; or that the mind may be fatiguo execution. Or we may fay, that Tafte, ed and grow confused by long and when this power is added, changes its unremitted application ; this I can name, and is called Genius. They understand. I likewise believe that both in the popular opinion, pretend an eminent man, when youug, for to an entire exception from the repoffeffing poetical imagination, may, Araint of rules. It is supposed that from havingtaken ano her road,rone. their powers are iotuitive; that undeet itscultivation, as to thew Jels of its der the name of Genius - great works powers in his latter life. But I am are produced, and under the name parsuaded, that scarce a poet is to be of Tafte, an exad judgment is given, found, from Homer down to Dryden, without our knowing why; and withwho preserved a sound mind in a out being under the leaft obligation to sound body, and continued pra&ifing reason, precept, or experience. Og his profeffion to the very last, whose can scarce fate these apinions withlater works are not as replete with the out exposing their absurdity ; yet fire of imagination, as those which they are constantly in the mouths of were produced in his more youthful men, and particularly artists. They days. To understand literally the who have thought seriously on this metaphors or ideas expressed in poct. subjeđ, do not carry the point fo fas; ical language, feems to be equally yer I am persuaded, that even among absurd, as to conclude, that because those few who may be called thinkpainters sometimes represent poets ers, the prevalent opinion gives les writing from the dictates of a little than it ought to the powers of reason, winged boy or genius, that this same and considers the principle of Tafte, genius did really inform him in a whif, which gives all their authority to the per what he was to write; and that he rules of art, as more fu&uating, and is himsell a mere machine,unconscious as having less solid foundations, than of the operations of his mind. We fhall find, upon examination, they Opinions generally received and float: really have. The common faying, ing in the world, whether true or falley that Taftes are not be disputed, owes we naturally adopt & make our ows its influence, and its general receptithey may be considered as a kind of on, to the fame error which leads us inheritance to which we succeed and to imagine it of too high original to are tenants for life, and which we submit to the authorty of an earthly leave to our pofterity very near in tribunal. It will likewise correspond the condition in which we received it; with the notions of those who confinot much being in any one mans pow. der it as a mere phantom of the imaer either to impair or improve it. The gination, so devoid of fubftance as to greatest part of these opinions like cur lude all criticism. We often appear Tent coin in its circulation, we are to differ in septimçuts from each obliged to take without weighing or other, more from the inaccuracy of examining ; but by this inevitable in- terms, as we are not obliged to speak attention, many adulterated peices are always with critical exadness. Somereceived, which when we seriously efti- thing of this too may arise from want mate our wealth, we must throw a way, of words in the language, to express Se the collector of popular opinions

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