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my good friend," replied the other, " did you ever

try him ?"

The Geometrician Defended.

A superficial censure passed ou a man of science may be easily repelled by plain setse. A Geometrician having read a long poem, asked somewhat tartly, What does all this prove !" Now doubtless a poem that does not inculcate some moral, political, or religious truth, must be reckoned among

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nugee canoræ, or tuneful trifles, of a mind laboriously idle. A good poem should endearour at least to instruct, by amusing. Every Teader will assent to the praises of the Muse of Twickenbam, displayed in the following lines--

“ Best of philosophers, of poets 100
The best; he teaches thee thyself to know,
That virtue is the noblest gift of heaven,
And viodicates the ways of God to mau.
O heurken to the moralist divine,
Enter his sohool of truth, where Plato's self

Might preach, and Tully deigo to lend an ear." Character of Mr. Pope's writings, taken from a Poens alled Sickness.-Dodsley's Poems, col.iii.p. 337.

False Ornaments in Gardening. It may now be hoped that in the plans of laying out grounds in imitation of nature frivolous ornaments will be removed. Jets d'eau, who eje hibit-themselves only to company, will be no more seen. A man of exquisite taste in poetry, and all the liberal arts, has nobly spoken on this subject

" Rich in her weeping country's spoils, Versailles
May boast a thousand fuuntains, that can cast
'The iortured waters to the distant heavens.
Yet let me chuse some pine-topp'd precipice,
Abrupt and shaggy, whenee a foamy stream,

Like Anio, rumbling roars, &c."
Enthusiast, or the Lover of Nature, by Joseph Warton.

Sentimentalists.

These persons resemble, in their moral pre. tensions, those who are called Methodists, in their religious ones. General principles of right and wrong they both disdain, and place their motives on the suggestion of a spirit and feeling known only to themselves. When the sentimentalist holds out his private feelings, as the groundwork of his moral actions, and the religionist talks of an inward call, and a directing spirit, it is high time to inspect their conduci with a suspicious eye. Occult qualities are no longer creditable in science; and secret pretensions to extra virtue and latent piety should have as little credit with the wise,

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* I agree with Mr. Gray, 'that any man living may make a book worth

reading, if he will but set down, with truth, what he has seen or heard ; no matter whether the book is well written or not.'”-urde Orford's Letters to the Rev. Mr. Cole, vol. in. p. 161.

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