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The noble author finishes his remarks on this seventil chapter, by observing, that “ Gulliver, alter having taken a transient view of “ numberless illustrious persons, whom he does not name, closes the “ chapter, and gives him an opportunity of finishing his setter;” and then address is his son thus : “Late, very late, may you become s “ghost and when one, may you equal one of Swift's sextomvirate; “ and may his ghost (grown less cynical and better instructed) rejoice “ to admit you into the company, from which he has so arbitrarily. ** excluded all future generations.”
Gulliver has not excluded all future generations from adding to this sextumvirate. For he speaks only of the time past. What Cato's may appear to bless the world, and oppose the torrent of corruption, in after ages, God only knows. Swift.
* Gulliver, tired of heroes, changes the scene in this 8th chapter, and becomes curious to know the situation of poets and philosophets, who, in their turn, have as eagerly contended for fame, as Caesar did for power, or Brutus for liberty. He defires that Homer and Aristotle may make their appearance at the head of their commentators. “Homer,” says our traveller, “ was the teller, and comirr “ person of the two ; walked very erect for one of his age, and his “ eyes were the most quick and piercing I ever beheld to.” It is certain, that Homer has rather gained, than lost vigour by his years. Twenty-six centuries have not unbraced his nerves, or given one wrinkle to his brow. And although Gulliver has bestowed upon bim the additional ornament of fine eyes, yet I am apt to think they
+ “ All that is meant by Gulliver is, that Homer had the most * quick and piercing genius of all human rase.” Swit,
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