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17 1. 4 for my fixed thoughts read but my fixed thoughts.

29 1. J 7 fir that read which.

35 17 jfsr not r<fa^ scarcely.

45 1. 27 /or bold epistles read bold appellation.

82 1. 35 /or lay read lays. 102 1. 14 for correctness read conciseness. 108 1. 10 dele the period at the end of the

line, and place a semicolon 113 1. 1 for fictious read fictitious. 123 I. 8 for destroy read injure. I43 1. 4 for mounts read mount. 159 1. 16 17 dele the inverted commas at the

beginning of the lines. 170 1. 15 for haunt read gaunt. 198 I. 8 for energy read strength. 354 1. it for decline read declare. 376 1. 24 for human care read of honours

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ESSAY L On Denham's Cooper's-hill.

"One simile that solitary shines, <c In the dry defart of a thousand lines, "Or lengthen'd thought that gleams through many « a page,

"Has sanctify'd whole poems for an age."

Pope.

PERHAPS few poems have received more indiscriminate applause, yet possessed less intrinsick merit, than Denham's Cooper's-Hill. Dryden praised it; Pope honoured it with a poetical encomium; and Dr. Johnson (with whom, from personal respect, I am sorry to differ in opinion) has treated it as a work of A conseconsequence, and touched its faults with tenderness.

The last-mentioned ingenious Critick has credited Denham with the invention of the Loco-descriptive Poem; a poem which is supposed to take some particular spot for its subject, to describe its natural situation or appearance, to relate the most remarkable events to which it has been witness, and from either the prospect or the narrative to introduce such moral sentiment as will easily arise. Geographers and historians have however so often described particular places, related their principal occurrences, and moralized from them, that Denham's sole claim to invention or originality, seems confined to the addition of verse. Camden, Speed, and the Author of the Tour through Great-Britain, have as much right to the title of descriptive poets, as Denham and Pope, unless the latter paint nature with more precision and elegance, relate transactions with

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