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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 to a high degree 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 wlich combines 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 á 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 instance,—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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