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PRINTED FOR JOHN BELL AND WILLIAM CREECH;
AND FOR T. CADELL,G.G.J.ANDJ.ROBINSON,

LONDON.

MDCCLXXXVIII.

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7 26-1940

Ε L Ε Μ Ε Ν Τ 8

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CRITICIS M.

GH A P. XVIII.

BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE,

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F all the fine arts, painting only and sculpture are in their nature imitative.

An ornamented field is not a copy or imitation of nature, but nature itself embellished. Architecture is productive of originals, and copies not from nature. Sound and motion may in some measure be imitated by music

; but for the most part music, like architecture, is productive of originals. Language copies not from nature, more than music or architecture; unless, where, like music, it is imitative of found or motion. Thus, in the description of particular sounds, language sometimes furnisheth words, which, beside their customary power of

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