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s the best Authors, with Variations
By JEREMY BELKNAP, D..
THIRD EDITION, WITH IMPROVEMESTU.
Pusic, .d according to tã of Congresso
PRINTED AT BOSTON,
[PROPRIETORs of the Work.7
DR. Johnson hath observed concerning des
votional poetry, that “ the fanctity of the matter rejects the ornaments of figurative diction." Inferior subjects may be heightened by the charms of rhetoric, but this is too sublime to receive any decort tion from human eloquence; and we often debase it by making the attempt. Dr. WATTs, in one of his hymns, hath said,
« Toin all the names of love and power
Or set EMANUEL's glory forth." . ret, such was the imperfe£tion of one of the best af men, that we frequently find in his divine poenit, epithets and allusions taken froin “ mortal anties, and applied to the Saviour, with a license di/gufling to the spirit of devotion. It has been my wind is avail these familiarities; and either to change or omit such epithets and allufions.
The names of the authors from whom this fillim tion is made, are subjoined to each psalm or bmin; excepting when they are unknown, or have ri qurfild concealment. Most of these names are foartrar to the readers. of poetry; but there is ane, to wh011 1 om largely indebted for foine of the angst the art of these productions, who is but little known in this rountry, and of whom I conceive the following ac. Count will be acceptable to every reader.