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BE A U TIES

OF

ENGLISH POETRY,

OR

A COLLECTION OF POEMS

EXTRACTED

FROM THE BEST AU THORS.

PARIS:

VERGANI, Editor , quai de l'hor-

loge du Palais, No 28, près le

Pont-au-Change.
SOLD by

FAVRE, Palais Egalité, gale-

ries de bois, No. 220, aux neuf
Muses.

The ninth year.

2 FEB 1953

LIBRE

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POETRY

may

be said to claim our first attention, as it was originally intended to teach mankind the most important precepto of morality and virtue , by which the human soul is not only exalted and refined, but the heart is fortified against all the various assaults of human calamities, and by which we are taught to consider happiness as entirely depending on the reflections of our own minds. We shall be sufficiently convinced of these traths, if we only consider the particular end and design of the several species of poetry.

The Epic Poem was intended to convey instructions disguised under the allegory of an important and heroic action. The Ode to celebrate the exploits of great men, in order to 'excite a general imitation in others. Tragedy, to inspire us with a detestation of guilt, by painting the fatal consequences that follow it ; and with a veneration for virtue, by representing the rewards and

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