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FOR C. BA THURST, J. BUCKLAND, W. STRAHAN, J. RIVING-
TON AND SONS, T.DAVIES, T.PAYNE, L, DAVIS, W. OWEN,
3. WHITE, S. CROWDER, T. CASLON, T. LONGMAN,
B. LAW, E. AND C, DILLY, J. DODSLEY, H BALDWIN,
J. WILKIE, J. ROBSON, J. JOHNSON, T. LOWNDES,
T.BECKET, G. ROBINSON, T.CADELL, W.DAVIS,
J. NICHOLS, F. NEWBERY, T. EVANS, J. RID-
LEY, R.BALDWIN, G. NICOL, LEIGH AND
SOTHEBY, BEW, N. CONANT,
J. MURRAY, W. FOX, J. BOWEN..

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greatest Invention of any writer whatever. The praise of judgment Virgil has justly contested with him, and others may have their pretensions as to particular excellencies; but his Invention remains yet unrivaled. Nor is it a wonder if he has ever been acknowledged the greatest of poets, who most excelled in that which is the very foundation of poetry. It is the Invention thatin different degrees distinguishes all great Geniuses : the utmost stretch of human ftudy,learning, and industry, which masters every thing besides, can never attain to this. It furnishes Art with all her materials, and without it, Judgment itself can at best but steal wisely: for Art is only like a prudent steward that lives on managing the riches of Nature. Whatever praises may be given to works of judgment, there is not even a single beauty in theni to which the Invention must not contribute : as in the most regular gardens, Art can only reduce the beauties of Nature to more regularity, and such a figure, which the common eye may better take in, and is therefore more entertained with. And perhaps the reason why common critics are inclined to prefer a judicious and methodical genius to a great and fruitful one, is, because they find it easier for themselves to purVOL, I. B

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