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CRITICIS M.

THE EIGHTH EDITION.

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WITH TID

AUTHOR'S LAST CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS.

C. N. Starche

VOL. I.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR VERNOR AND HO0D, 31, POULTRY,

BT ALEX. LAWRIE AND CO. EDINBURGH.

1805.

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THË Fine Arts have ever been encouraged by wise Princes, not singly for private amusement, but for their beneficial influence in society. By uniting different ranks in the same elegant pleasures, they promote benevolence: by cherishing love of order, they enforce submission to government: and by inspiring delicacy of feeling, they make regular government a double blessing.

These considerations embolden to me to hope for your Majesty's patronage in behalf of the following work, which treats of the Fine Arts, and attempts to form a standard of taste, by unfolding those principles that ought to govern the taste of every individual.

It is rare to find one born with such delicacy of feeling, as not to need instruction : it is equally rare to find one so low in feeling, as not to be capable of instruction. And yet, to refine our taste with respect to the beauties of art or of nature, is scarce endeavoured in any seminary of learn

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ing ; a lamentable defect, considering how early in Amor life taste is susceptible of culture, and how difficult tends to reform it if unhappily perverted. To furnish ma- leaf terials for supplying that defect, was an additional zent : motive for the present undertaking.

To promote the Fine Arts in Britain has become gulen of greater importance than is generally imagined. A flourishing commerce begets opulence; and opulence, scipl inflaming our appetite for pleasure, is commonly vented on luxury, and on every sensual gratification : ed ac Selfishness rears its head ; becomes fashionable; and, aport infecting all ranks, extinguishes the amor patria, and sation, every spark of public spirit. To prevent or to re- diban tard such fatal corruption, the genius of an Alfred cannot devise any means more efficacious than the dark venting opulence upon the Fine Arts : riches şo em- T ployed, instead of encouraging vice, will excite both public and private virtue. Of this happy effect ancient Greece furnishes one shining instance ; and why should we despair of another in Britain ?

In the commencement of an auspicious reign, and even in that early period of life when pleasure commonly is the sole pursuit, your Majesty has uniformly displayed to a delighted people the noblest principles ripened by early culture; and, for that reason, you will be the more disposed to favour every rational plan for advancing the art of training up youth.

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