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The improprieties in Rousseau's late armed with more dangerous, becaut conduct appear to me to have arisen, ra- worse, abilities, than the present, may ther from bodily infirmity, than from in the course of the winter, give us a moral depravation; and confequently to edition of Spencer, or of some other Tender him an object of forbearance, and minent writer of his time, wlich tha pity, rather than of persecution or ridi- contain no more than half, poflisly tba cule. [xxviii. 695. xxix. 443.537.] a third part of his works, certainly no

more than his own fagacity shall let a Seleet works of Mr Abraham Cowley; with

part for him ; while he enjoys even th . a preface and notes by the editor. 2 vols. idea that the rent are to perih

idea that the rest are to perish by his de 63. fewed. Cadell.

finitive sentence. In mort, whatever ma IN that region of the fine arts which lies be the abilities of the editor, this arbi

under the dominion of the eye and the trary mode of editing ought not, for th car, rules and proportions may be af- most obvious reasons, to be tolerated i figned for compofition; and, in these, a the commonwealth of letters. Let u criterion may, in some degree, be found leave all the labours of departed genin for determining the merit of execution. to live as long as they can; and let u The architect, the painter, and the with an indulgence which will do musician, may be censured for the trans. more honour than the acumen of criti greffion of mathematical truth. In their cism, suffer what we may esteem the arts, even Fancy has her precincts; she lefs perfect productions, to abide und is under the controul of known rules, tbe protection of their better and happic and has bounds which die cannot pass. works : in works of this nature, therefore, it : may not be dificult to ascertain what we

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Above the reach of facrilegious hands; should reject, and what we thould pre- To teach vain wits a scieace little known, fent for public acceptance and approba. T'admire fuperior fense, and doubt their owi tion. But who fhall be the poet's judge ? Unlimited by rules, it is not from rules The remains of classical genius, i be shall receive his sentence. He is sub- their re-editing, met with a differen ject to no law but the law of Nature, fate, and many of them fuffered fror and if he tranfgrefles that law be will die. the contrary extreme. Postead of bein The question therefore is, Whether an curtailed, they were enlarged with spu individual has a right to pronounce that rious additions, by the Greeks of the Jaw? whether he may, merely upon the middle empire, the schoolmen, and mo Atrength of bis own judgement, mutilate naltics, into whose hands they cam a poet at his pleasure, and make him un. This, however, was better than if the dergo an arbitrary amputation of what had suffered in the other degree; for he apprehends to be the unsound parts, is always more easy to reject than to re under the idea of preserving the rest ? gain, and Time is still doing justice i We have no doubt but this mode of re. the separation of those werks that bea publication may be attended with some the stamp of their proper character. . advantages; but the liberty thus taken Having thus freely delivered our sen with the remains of an author is, in our timents on this mode of publication, i opinion, too violent to be generally in- is requisite that we should let the edito dulged, and too dangerous to be suffered plead his own apology, which is foun to grow into common usage. In the re, in his preface : public of letters, the monuments of the “ It would be ufing mot writers o dead thould be more sacred than the name very ill, to treat them with tha mantions of the living; and though in freedom which I have presumed to tak thoie monuments there may be some ob- with Mr Cowley. But every thing hi jects on which the idea of different tiines wrote, is either to good or so bad, that has caft an unfeemly air, yet ought they in all reason, a feparation mould be not, on that account, to be removed. made ; left the latter, which, unhappi If Cowley has now loft balf of himself, ly, is the greater part, should, in th a critic in a future century may, with e- end, Rifle and overlay the former. qual right, curtail his remains, till he T he reason of this striking differenci thali have little or notbing left. Upon in the compositions of the same man these violent principles of decision, fome whose genius and learning are unque other censor of the ancient English poely, stionable, is, that he generally follower

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