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R. NEWBERY begs leave to recommend these and the fubfequent Volumes to the young Gentlemen and Ladies who have read his little Books. In thofe he attempted to lead the young Pupil to a Love of Knowledge, in these he has endeavoured to introduce him to the Arts and Sciences, where all useful Knowledge is contained. This may be faid, he apprehends, without depreciating the Claffics, which are ever to be held in Efteem, but are to be esteemed principally for being the Keys of Literature, and for disclofing to us the Tafte and Wisdom of the Ancients.

The Reader will perceive that a very free Ufe has been made of the Works of many Authors, and the Nature of the Subject required it; for it is in Criticism, as in Life, one good Example is worth many Precepts.

The Examples here collected from different Books will give no Offence, it is hoped, either to the Authors or Proprietors; for, whatever may be the Fate of these Volumes, they can neither depreciate the Merit of those Books, nor anticipate their Sale; but will, we apprehend, have a contrary Effect.

In fome Parts of the Work, and especially towards the latter End, Sentiments and Reflections will be found which may appear, perhaps, fingular; but, it is prefumed, they will not on that account be thought impertinent. They are generally concerning Things with which Learning has little to do, but where Nature herself is to be confulted, and here no Preeminence is to be claimed in Confequence of a fuperior Education; fince every Man can best feel how he is affected.

Whatever Value thefe Reflections and Observations may have, the Examples introduced will always have their Merit, and will, we hope, lead the young Student to a careful perufal of the Volumes from whence they are extracted.

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CONTENT S

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TWO

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VOLUME S.

VOL. I.

NTRODUCTION

Of the Origin of Poetry

Of Mufic and Dancing

The Intention of these perverted

Of the Structure of English Verfe, and of Rhyme

Of the feveral forts of English Verfes

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Of the Elifions allowed in English Poetry, with Miscellaneous Remarks

Of the Beauty of THOUGHT in Poetry

Thoughts in Poetry may be just without being true
Of fublime Thoughts, with Examples

Of agreeable or beautiful Thoughts, with Examples
Of delicate Thoughts, with Examples

Of Humour

Of brilliant Thoughts, with Examples
Of hunting down a Thought, and its bad Effects
Of the STYLE of Poetry

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41

The Difference between the Style of Poetry and Profe ibid.
Of Epithets, Tropes and Figures, and their use
The Latitude given to Epithets by Quintilian and Rollin

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Epithets to be used fparingly when the Paffions are concerned

ibid.

None are found in the affecting Oration which Shakespeare puts into the Mouth of Mark Authony

Of the Metaphor, the Simile and the Description
Many Figures may be refolved into the Defcription
Of the various Sorts of Style

The Sublime Style

The Plain Style

Tropes and Figures beft learned by reading the Poets and polite Authors

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56 to 61

Epigram written by Mr. Pope with the Earl of Chesterfield's Diamond pencil

On a Flower painted by Varelft, by Mr. Prior

57

ibid.

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On a Man who hired People to make Verses for him

ibid.

ibid.

On an ugly Woman

On Prometheus drawn by a bad Painter, by Mr. Cowley 60

ibid

ibid.

On the erecting of a Monument to the Memory of Mr.

On a bad Writer, by Mr. Prior

On a reasonable Affliction, by Mr. Prior

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On Apollo and Daphne, by Mr. Smart

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ibid.

ibid.

PRECEPTS for the EPITAPH, with Occafional Remarks, from

Epitaph on Orpheus

61 to 69

62

On Mary Countefs Dowa. of Pembroke, by Ben Johnson 63 On a beautiful and virtuous Lady, by the fame ibid. On Mr. Gay, by Mr. Pope

ibid.

On Dr. Francis Atterbury, Bp. of Rochefter, by Mr. Pope 6.4 On Mafter----who died of a lingering Illness, by Mr. Smart

On Mr. Prior, written by himself

ibid.

On one who would not be buried in Westminster-Abbey,

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On Signior Fido, a Greyhound, by Mr. Pope

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PRECEPTS for the ELEGY,with occafional Remarks 70 to 84

73

Elegy to the memory of an unfortunate Lady,byMr.Pope70
Written in a Country Church-yard, by Mr. Grey
The Tears of Scotland, written in 1746, by Dr. Smollet 76
A Love Elegy, by Mr. Hammond

78

On the fuppos'd Death of Mr. Partridge the Almanackhaker, by Dr. Swift

82

PRECEPTS for the PASTORAL, with occafional Remarks

84 to 116

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Defcription of a deep Snow in which a Husbandman was

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ibid.

Reflections on the Wants and Miseries of Mankind

Winter compared to old Age, with fuitable Reflections 155

PRECEPTS for DIDACTIC or PRECEPTIVE POETRY,
with occafional Remarks

The origin and use of this kind of Poetry

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