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Now a RECRUITING OFFICER.
And raise recruits of vapours, which arise
Now a peaceable GUARANTE E.
Then he is an ATTORNEY.
God will not be my advocate,
My cause to manage or debate.
Then a FULLER
A MERCER, or PACKER.
A BUTLER. * He measures c!like drops with wondrous skill, u lich the black clouds, kis fcating Bottles, fol.
And a B A KER.
| C H A P. VI. of the several kinds of Genius's in the
Profund, and the Marks and Characters of each.
I Doubt not but the reader, by this Cloud of exI amples, begins to be convinced of the truti of our affertion, that the Bathos is an Art; and that the Genius of no mortal whatever, following the mere ideas of Nature, and unatlitted with an habitual, nay laborious peculiarity of thinking, could arrive at images to wonderfully low and unaccountable. The great author, from while trcasury we have drawn all thele inita ces (the Father of the Bathus, and indeed the Homer of it) has, like that immortal Greek, confined his labours to the greater Poetry, and thereby icti rovin for
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others to acquire a due share of praise in inferior kinds. Many painters who could never hit a nose or an eye, have with felicity copied a small-pox, or been admirable at a toad or a red herring. And seldom are we without genius’s for Still-life, which they can work up and stiffen with incredible accuracy.
An universal Genius rises not in an age; but when he rises, armies rise in him ! he pours forth five or fix Epic Poems with greater facility, than five or six pages can be produced by an elaborate and servile copier after Nature or the Ancients. It is affirmed by Quintilian, that the same genius which made Germanicus so great a General, would with equal application have made him an excellent Heroic Poet. In like manner, reasoning from the affinity there appears between Arts and Sciences, I doubt not but an active catcher of butterflies, a careful and fanciful pattern-drawer, an industrious collector of shells, a laborious and tuneful bagpiper, or a diligent breeder of tame rabbits, might severally excel in their respective parts of the Bathos.
I shall range these confined and less copious Genius's under proper classes, and (the better to give their pictures to the reader) under the names of Animals of some sort or other; whereby he will be enabled, at the first sight of such as shall daily come forth, to know to what kind to refer, and with what authors to compare them.
1. The Flying Fif.es: These are writers who now and then rile upon their fins, and fly out of the Profund; but their wings are foon dry, and they drop down to the bottom. G. S. A. H. C. G.
2. The Swalls,co's are a thors that are eternally skimming and fiuttering up and down, but all their agility is employed to catch fiiis. L. T. W.P. Lord H.
3. The Olricians are such, whose heavineis rarely permits them to raise themselves from the ground; their wings are of no use to lift them uy, and their motion is between flying and walking; but then they run very fajl. D.F. L. E. The Hon. E.H.
4. The Parrots are they that repeat anci':r's words, in such a hoarse odů voice, as mahus then fcem their own. W. B. W.H. C.C. The Reverend D. D.
5. The Didempers are authors that keep them. selves long out of fight, undus water, and come up now and then where you least expected them. L. W. G.D. Liq. The Hon. Sir W.Y.
6. The Profiles are unweildy and big; they put all their numbers into a great turmoil and tempest, but whenever they appear in plain light (which is feid m) they are only .apeless and ugly morsters. I. D. C.G. I.O.
7. The Frogs are such as can neither walk nor Ay, but can leap and bound to admiration : They live generally in the bottom of a ditch, and make a great noise whenever they thrust their heads above water. E.W. I. M. Efq; T. D. Gent.
8. The Eels are obscure authors, that wrap themselves up in their own mud, but are mighty nimble and pert. L. W. L.T. P. M. General C.
9. The Tortoises are flow and chill, and, like pastoral writers, delight much in gardens: they have for the most part a fine embroidered Shell, and underneath it, a heavy lump. A. P. W. B. L.E. The Right Hon. E. of S.
These are the chief Characteristicks of the Bathos, and in each of these kinds we have the comfort to be blessed with sundry and manifold choice Spirits in this our Illand.
CHA P. VII. Of the Profund, when it consists in the
W E have already laid down the Principles
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