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think to cut and polish diamonds with so little pains and skill as we do marble. He who can write a profane poem well, may write a divine one better ; but he who can do that but ill, will do this much worse, and so far from elevating poesy will but abase divinity. The same fertility of invention—the same wisdom of disposition—the same judgment in observance of decencies he same use and decencies—the same lustre and vigour of elocution—the same modesty and majesty of number—briefly, the same kind of habit
m a wi is required in both, only this latter allows better stuff, and therefore would look more deformedly drest in it."
The errors of a great author are often more valuable than his sound sentiments; because they tend, by the reaction they provoke, and the replies they elicit, to dart new light upon the opposite truths. And so it has been with this dogma of the illustrious Lexicographer. It has led to some admirable rejoinders from such pens as those of Montgomery, and of Christopher North, which have not only rebutted Johnson's objections, but have directed public attention more strongly to the general theme, and served to shed new light upon the nature and province of religious poetry.
The Story of Phæbus and
Dapbne, applied . .
tion . . . . .
An Apology for having Loved Upon the Earl of Roscommon's
Translation of Horace, De
On the Picture of a Fair Youth, On the Duke of Monmouth's
Taken after he was Dead . 68 Expedition into Scotland in
of her Portrait, Written by
A Presage of the Ruin of the
Turkish Empire; Presented
over the Dutch, June 3, 1665 82 To Mrs Braughton, Servant to
To the Queen, upon Her Ma-
To Zelinda . . . . 134 Person of Honour, who lately
Writ a Religious Book, en-
titled, “Historical Applica-
tions, and Occasional Medi-
Translation of The Vene-
To the Duchess, when he Pre-
To a Lady, from whom he
Received a Silver Pen . 143 SONGS :-
the Bible . . . . 145
Behold the Brand of Beauty