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sounds in nature, and by that remembrance to recall the images of the scenes where they were first heard, or of incidents connected with the hearing of them.
- The effects of a local influence, similar to that which has produced the different styles of architecture, is perceivable in the poetry of all nations. The more detached, unmixed, and steady the society of any country preserves itself, the more original and singular should be the characteristics of its poetry; and by the same rule, according to the intimacy and extent of intercourse which nations cultivate with one another, the more various will be the points of association in their habits of thinking, and their poetry will the more approximate in resemblance.
“ The English nation, above every other, has cultivated a general intercourse with all parts of the world, and accordingly we find poets in that country, whose works, though comparatively popular there, are but little understood, even by the learned, in those districts where the inhabitants have remained less extensively informed ; while, at the same time, there are productions in the English language in which the most unmixed and primitive people may discover transcripts of their own thoughts.
“In the middle of the eighteenth century, all Europe was surprised by the appearance in the English language of the poems of Ossian, works which, whatever may be the debate as to their historical authenticity, are admitted to be fine.specimens of a kind of poetry cultivated by the mountaineers of Scotland, and which was felt to be natural, and acknowledged to be original, even by those who questioned their antiquity. In like manner, the conquests of the British in India have added to the stores of the British poets; and in England a kind of poetry is fast growing into repute, which seems to bear the same sort of resemblance to that of the
oriental poets which the productions of the muse in the days of Leo X. bore to those of antiquity. Dr Southey and Mr Moore have already brought this style toa high dea gree of excellence; and specimens by Sir William Jones, along with the Transactions of the Asiatic Society, present to the world a glimpse of what pleasures may be added to our enjoyment of knowledge, by a nation which come bines in its enterprises the glory of victory and the ad. vantages of commerce ; which carries in the rear of its armies the abundance of industry; and which, by its jurisprudence, sends, to the most distant regions, the most enlightened of mankind in the capacity of advo. cates and judges.”
CONCLUSION. HAVING thus, in a most ingenious manner, shewn with what sort of conjugal sweets those gentlemen are entertained who bind themselves for better and worse to the intellectual nymphs, especially such of them as connect themselves with the family of General Literature, we now lay down our pen, trim our frill, and smooth our vest, to receive the congratulations of the world on the success and felicity with which we have accomplished a most interesting and delightful task. Certainly we might affect a tone of greater humility, but humility went out of fashion before we came into this world; and, to say the truth, it is a weak apery of the old school of merit for authors, or indeed for any body else, now-a-days, to talk with diffidence of themselves.
No discovery of the moderns is more deserving of approbation than the uses of the power of self-confi
dence, -it is to the business of life what steam is in mechanics,--and its operations on the public produce effects quite as wonderful, -sometimes, it is said, as profitable. May this be the case in the present in*stance,--for without a view to profit no man who has come to years of discretion would ever think of writing a book. Under the old system, where the vast effects of the self-confident power were scarcely even imagined, it is inconceivable what perturbation men of pretension as well as their friends suffered, when they advanced to claim the attention of the world. But now all is smoothness, expectation, and complacency. Every genius, to whatever class or species he may happen to belong, is instructed, when he advances from under the maternal wing to try his pinions in the world, to believe that he cannot take too bold a flight; and, accordingly, he most judiciously joins his own chirrup to the encouragement of his friends, just as the school-boy, in passing through the church-yard at night,
“Whistles aloud to cheer his courage up.” The more his fears thicken, and the faster his heart beats, the louder and the livelier he whistles. It is so with modern modesty ;-there is, however, more real humility often in a swagger than in the most demure and downcast bashfulness. But enough of this: the reader will not think a bit better of our book by, all the blushes we might try to make with ink.
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