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“ does he express a favage nature, in fastening

upon the celebrated author, dwelling upon

his imaginary defects, and passing over his « confpicuous exçellences. He treats-all " writers upon the same impartial foot; and

is not, like the little critics, taken up entirely in finding out only the beauties of the anz

cient, and nothing but the errors, of the mo? " .dern writers. Never did anyone express more

kindness and good nature to young and unfis nished authors; he promotes their interests protects their reputation, extenuates their

fąults,and sets off their virtuesjand by his cans "dour guards them from the severity of his " judgement. He is not like those dry critics; ". who are morose because they cannot write

themselves, but is himself master of a good vein “iņ poetry , and though he does not often employ it, yet ba has sometimes entertained

his friends with his unpublished performances.s bac ai sairasi Latgomet bolaze bas 10 9950" 5. The rest of the Zag:Monks foems to berbut feeble mortals, in comparison with Ithe gigantic Johnfon; whovyetj' with all his abilities, and the help of thie fraternity, could drivesthe publication but tó forty papers which were -*;'un! "? G4



afterwards collected into a volume, and called in the title a Sequel to the Spectators,

Some years

afterwards (1716 and 1717) he published two volumes of Essays in prose, which can be commended only as they are written for the highest and noblest purpose, the promotion of religion. Blackmore's prose is not the profe of a poet; for it is languid, sluggish, and lifeless ; his diction is neither daring nor exact, his flow neither rapid nor easy, and his periods neither smooth nor strong: His account of Wit will shew with how little elearnefs he is content to think, and how little his thoughts are recommended by his language:

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“ As to its efficient cause, Wit owes its pro66 duction to an extraordinary and peculiar 64 temperament in the constitution of the pof“ sessor of it, in which is found 4. concur

rence of regular and exalted ferments, and

an affluence of animal spirits, refined and "' reatified to a great degree of purity; whence, “ being endowed withv vivacity, brightness, * and celerity, as well in their reflexions was direct motions, they become propėr in

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* struments for the spritely operations of the “ mind; by which means the imagination can “ with great facility range the wide field of 46 Nature, contemplate an infinite variety of “ objects, and, by observing the fimilitude and “ disagreement of their several qualities, single

out and abstract, and then fuit and unite “ thofę ideas which will best serve its purpose. f Hence beautiful állusions, surprising meta$ phors, and admirable sentiments, are always " ready at hand : and while the fancy is full

of images collected from innumerable ob

jects and their different qualities, relations, " and habitudes, it can at pleasure dress as

common notion in a strange but becoming

garb; by which, as before observed, the 6. fame thought will appear a new one, to the great delight and wonder of the hears er, What we call genius results from this

particular happy complexion in the firft "formation of the person that enjoys it, and

iş Nature's gift, but diversified by various $ specific characters and, limitations, as its M active fire is blended and allayed by differn to ent proportions of phlegm, or reduced and

regulated by the contrast of cpposite - fer* ments. Therefore, as there happens in the


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tiate the wits ; for he scorns, to avert their mas

“'composition of a faċetious, genius a greater for less, though still an inferior, degree of

judgement and prudence, one man of wit " will be varied and distinguished from añow * ther.", ... 900 positivo

:,;., In these Esays he took little care to propis lice at the expence of virtue.or of truth. "*"'Severad, in theit books," have many farcaftical and spiteful fttokes 'att religion in

general whilt 6tKers make themselves plea• Fant with theiptifciples of the Christian. « Of the last Kind, this age has seen a' molt * audacious example in'the book intituled,

A Tale of a Tub Had th's' writing Been * published in a' pågån'or popith'

are 'justly, impatient of all indignity offered af to the established religion of their country,

no doubt but the author would have received

the punishment he deserved. But the fate w of this'impious buffoon is very different wifor in a protexiné kingdona; ekkous of their Hicivil and religidus immunities,he has not for only escaped affants and the effects of pubi. *tc resettinett, büét has been cáfeftéd and, sulphatronized Ibt perfons of great figure, and

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" of all denominations. Violent party-men, “ who differed in all things besides, agreed in “ their turn to thew particular respect and a friendship to this, insolent derider of the " worship of his country,, till at last the re“. puted-writer is not only gone off with im" punity, but triumphs in his dignity and

pre" fermenta I do not know that any inquiry us or fearch was ever made after this wóíting,

or that any reward was ever offered for 5 the discovery of the author, or that the in“.famous book was ever condemned to be s burnt in public? ' whether this proceeds s from the excessive esteem and love that W mém in power, during the late reign, hadifor " wit, or their defect of zeal and concern for

the Christian Religions will be determined " beft by those who are best acquainted with

their character," "se

In another place he fpeaks with becoming abhörtence softa gödless author who has bură lesqued a Plalm. 1 This author was supposed to be Pope, who published a reward for any one that would produce the coiner of the acculation, but never denied it; and was after utot


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