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may be branded with fomething more than being finical and fantastical, though they may undoubt edly merit fuch a cenfure, which we meet with in Mr BERNARD GILPIN'S Life, fpoken by an High Sheriff at Oxford to the Students: "Arriving, fays he, at the mount of St Mary, in the ftony ftage where I now ftand, I have brought you "fome fine biscuits carefully conserved for the Chickens of the Church, the Sparrows of the Spirit, and the fweet Swallows of Salvation." Such studied ornaments and pedantic conceits are unworthy a place in our compositions; and they should be carefully avoided by all, but efpecially by fuch as have a lively fancy, and a turn for wit and humour.
Such labour'd nothings in fo ftrange a ftile,
Let the peace of oblivion brood over fuch trash, and may they never be called into remembrance, except to excite our dislike, and double
§ 11. Let us avoid all filthy and impure Tropes. We should take heed that no Tropes we make use of, either as to found or fenfe, convey any idea that will not be agreeable to a chafte mind, or make any trefpafs upon deliLet us borrow our Tropes from what we find moft pleasing to the ear, the eye, and the
POPE's Efay on Criticism, line 336.
other fenfes. " "Tropes, fays ARISTOTLE, are "to be taken from thofe things which are agree→ "able, whether in found, or touch, or sight, or 66 any other fenfe *" CICERO will not admit that the commonwealth fhould be faid to be emaf culated by the death of AFRICANUS, nor that another person fhould be called the dung of the court . QUINTILIAN by no means approves of the faying of an Orator, that fuch a person had lanced the biles of the commonwealth ‡. "I cannot "fee HORACE's genius, fays the Archbishop of CAMBRAY, in this low piece of fatire,
Profcripti regis Rupili pus atque venenum ;
"and we should be apt to ftare at the reading of " it, if we did not know the Author ||.
LONGINUS's remarks and inftructions upon this head are very juft: "It by no means, fays
Τάς δε μεταφοράς έντευθεν οικεον απο καλων, η τη φωνή, η τη δυνάμει, η τη οψει, η αλλη τινι αποθέσει. ΑRISTOT. Rhetor. lib. iii. cap. 2. § 4.
Nolo morte dici Africani caftratam effe rempublicam ; nolo ftercus curiæ dici Glauciam: quamvis fit fimile, tamen eft in utroque deformis cogitatio fimilitudinis. CICER. de Orat. lib. iii. § 41.
Non enim probem illud quoque veteris Oratoris: perfecuifti reipublicæ vomicas. QUINTIL. lib. viii. cap. 6. § 1.
Letter to the French Academy. This line of HORACE in plain English may be rendered the filth (the word fignifying the corrupt matter iffuing from a fore) and the poison of the profcribed King RUPILIUS; HORACE thereby intending the railing or abufive tongue of RUPILIUS. HORAT. Sat. lib, i. fat. 7. ver. 1.
«he, becomes us to sink into fordid and impure "terms, unless we are compelled by an unavoid
able necefsity; but we fhould make a choice "of words correfpondent to the dignity of the fubject; and fhould imitate nature in her for"mation of the human fabric, who has not placed the parts of our frame which are inde"cent to mention, nor the vents of the body in open sight, but has concealed them as much "as pofsible; and, as ZENOPHON obferves, re"moved the channels to the greatest distance "from the eyes, thereby to preferve inviolable "the beauty of her workmanship *."
§ 12. Having given an account of the nature of Tropes in general, I fhall conclude the chapter with two observations.
First, If we would have a diftinct and full idea of the beauty of a Trope, let us fubftitute the natural exprefsions in the room of the tropical, and diveft a bright phrafe of its ornaments, by reducing it to plain and simple language, and then obferve how much we abate the value of the C 2 difcourfe.
Ov yap δεν κατανζαν εν τοῖς ὑψεσιν εις τα ρυπαρα και εξυ βρισμενα, αν μη σφόδρα υπο τινΘ- αναγκης συνδιωκωμεθα αλλα των πραγματῶν πρεποι αν και τας φωνας έχειν αξίας, και μια μειοθαι την δημιεργήσασαν φυσιν τον ανθρώπου, ητις εν ημιν τα μέρη τα απόρρητα εκ εθηκεν εν προσώπω, εδε τα τε παθή ο[κε περιηθήματα· απεκρύψατο δε, ως ενήν, και, κατα τον Ξε νοφώντα, τις τύτων οτι πορρωτάτω οχετές απέτρεψεν,”υδάμη καταισχύνασα το τε ολὺ ζως καλλΘ. LONGIN. de Sublis mitate, $43.
difcourfe. Of this method CICERO gives us an
"Olive, ULYSSES, while you may,
"The Poet does not say, take or seek (for either "of those words would intimate delay on the cc part of the fpeaker, as hoping that ULYSSES "would live fome time longer) but fnatch. This "word agrees with what is faid before, while you may *"
Secondly, Tropes and metaphorical exprefsions are used, according to the obfervation of Mr BLACKWALL, either for neceffity, emphafis, or
decency. For neceffity, when we have not pro"per words to declare our thoughts; for empka<< fis, when the proper words we have are not fo "comprehensive and significant; for decency, "when plain language would give offence and "diftafte to the Reader +."
Vive, Ulyffes, dum licet
Oculis poftremum lumen radiatum rape.
Non dixit cape, non pete; haberet enim moram fperantis diutius effe fefe victurum, fed rape; hoc verbum eft ad id aptatum, quod ante dixerat, dum licet. CICER. de Orat. lib. iii. § 40.
BLACKWALL'S Introduction to the Claffics, part ii. chap. r.
The METAPHOR confidered.
§ 1. The definition of a Metaphor. § 2. How diftinguished from a Trope, or how it appears to be only a fpecies of the Trope. § 3. How dif tinguished from a Comparison. § 4 What neceffary to conftitute a Metaphor or Comparison. $5. Which to be preferred, the Metaphor or Comparison, and upon what account. § 6. InStances of Metaphors from Scripture. § 7. Encomiums upon the Metaphor, by CICERO, ADDISON, LONGINUS, and ROLLIN. § 8. The Metaphor requires wisdom and delicacy to manage it. § 9. We should take heed our Metaphors are not inconfiftent. § 10. The indulgence and privilege in the use of Metaphors confidered and confirmed by examples. § 11. Method how to avoid inconfiftent Metaphers. § 12. Inftances of inconfiftent Metaphors in Authors of the first reputation, DODDRIDGE, YOUNG, TILLOTSON, ADDISON, and CICERO. § 13. Examples of beautiful Metaphors from DODDRIDGE, YOUNG, TILLOTSON, ADDISON, and CICERO. $ 14. Metaphors not to be pursued too far, with inftances of faults of this kind. $15, Metaphors C 3