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A SERIES OF ESSAYS
TO AID IN THE FORMATION OF FIXED PRINCIPLES IN
LITERARY AMUSEMENTS INTERSPERSED:
BY SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE.
WITH THE AUTHOR'S LAST CORRECTIONS AND AN APPENDIX, AND WITH
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GOWER, Pro. to the Confess. Amantis.
* FRIEND! were an author privileged to name his own judge,—in addition to moral and intellectual competence I should look round for some man, whose knowledge and opinions had for the greater part been acquired experimentally; and the practical habits of whose life had put him on his guard with respect to all speculative reasoning, without rendering him insensible to the desirableness of principles more secure than the shifting rules and theories generalized from observations merely empirical, or unconscious in how many departments of knowledge, and with how large a portion even of professional men, such principles are still a desideratum.. I would select, too, one who felt kindly, nay, even partially, toward me; but one whose partiality had its strongest foundations in hope, and more prospective than retrospective would make him quick-sighted in the detection, and unreserved in the exposure, of the deficiencies and defects of each present work, in the anticipation of a more developed future. In you, honoured friend! I have found all these requisites combined and realized: and the improvement, which these essays have derived from your judgment and judicious suggestions, would, of itself, have justified me in accompanying them with a
* Dedication to the second edition.-Ed.
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