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OF SAMUEL ETHERIDGE,
For J. WHITE, THOMAS & ANDREWS, W. SPOTS WOOD,

D. H'EST, W. P. BLAKE, E. LARKIN, & 7. WEST.

MDCCXCVI,

E L E M E N T S

CRITICIS M:

CHAPTER XVIII.

Beauty of Language.

Of 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 embeilished. Architecture is produce tive of originals, and copies not from nature. Sound and motion may in some measure be imitated by mufic ; but for the most part music, like architeclure, is productive of originals. Language copies not from nature, more than music or architecturc ; 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 exciting ideas, resemble by their softness or harshness the founds described ; and there are words which, by the celerity or slowness of pronunciation, have some resemblance to the mon tion they signify. The imitative power of words goes one step farther : the loftinels of some words makes them proper symbols of lofty ideas ; a rough

subject VOL. II.

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