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MR. Newbery begs leave to recommend these and the subsequent Volumes to the young Gentlemen and Ladies who have read his little Books. In those he attempted to lead the young Pupil to a Love of Knowledge, in these he has endeavoured to introduce him to the Arts and Sciences, where all useful Knowledge is contained. This may be said, he apprehends, without depreciating the Classics, which are ever to be held in Esteem, but are to be esteemed principally for being the Keys of Literature, and for disclosing to us the Taste and Wisdom of the Ancients.

The Reader will perceive that a very free Use has been made of the Works of many Authors, and the Nature of the Subject required it; for it is in Criticism, as in Life, one good Example is worth many Precepts.

The Examples here collected from different Books will give no Offence, it is hoped, either to the Authors or Proprietors; for, whatever may be the Fate of these Volumes, they can neither depreciate the Merit of those Books, nor anticipate their Sale; but will, we apprehend, have a contrary Effect.

In some Parts of the Work, and especially towards the latter End, Sentiments and Reflections will be found which may appear, perhaps, singular; but, it is presumed, they will not on that account be thought impertinent. They are generally concerning Things with which Learning has little to do, but where Nature herself is to be consulted, and here no Preeminence is to be claimed in Consequence of a superior Education; since every Man can best feel how he is affected.

Whatever Value these Reflections and Observations may have, the Examples introduced will always have their Merit, and will, we hope, lead the young Student to a careful perusal of the Volumes from whence they are extracted.





Of the Origin of Poetry a Of Music and Dancing 3 The Intention of these perverted 4 Of the Structure of Englijb Verse, and of Rhyme 8 Of the several sorts of Englijb Verses 10 Of the Elisions allowed in Englijb Poetry, with Miscellaneous Remarks 14 Of the Beauty of Thought in Poetry 18 Thoughts in Poetry may be just without being true 19 Of sublime Thoughts, with Examples so Of agreeable or beautisul Thoughts, with Examples 17 Of delicate Thoughts, with Examples 36 Of Humour 37 Of brilliant Thoughts, with Examples 38 Of hunting down a Thought, and its bad Esfects 40 Of the Style of Poetry 41 The Disference between the Style of Poetry and Prose ibid. Of Epithets, Tropes and Figures, and their use 43 The Latitude given to Epithets by SZuintilian and Rollin is too great ibid. When Epithets may be admitted with Propriety ibid. Of Compound Epithets ibid. Epithets to be used sparingly when the Passions are concerned ibid. None are found in the asfecting Oration which Shakespeare puts into the Mouth of Mark Authony 44 Tropes and Figures best learned by reading the Poets and polite Authors 45 Of the Metaphor, the Simile and the Description 46 Many Figures may be resolved into the Description 47 Of the various Sorts of Style ibid. The Sublime Style 48 The Plain Style 50

The Mediate or Middle Style 51

The Sarcastical, Florid and other Styles 52

How the Passions are best e^preis'd 53

Of the different Species of Poetry 54.

These classed in a new manner 55

PRECEPTS for the Epigram, with occasional Remarks

56 to 61

Epigram written by Mr. Pope with the Earl of Chesterfields

Diamond pencil 57

On a Flower painted by Varelst, by Mr. Prior ibid.

On Venus mistaken, by the fame ibid.

On Cbloe weeping, by the fame 58

On a Fan, by Dr. Atterbury ibid.

On bad Dancers to good Music 59

On a bad Fidler ibtd.

On a Man who hired People to make Verses for him ibid.

On an ugly Woman ibid.

On Prometheus drawn by a bad Painter, by Mr. Cowley Co

On a bad Writer, by Mr. Prior ibid

On a reasonable Affliction, by Mr. Prior ibid.

On the erecting of a Monument to the Memory of Mr.

Butler, by Mr. Weftlty 61

On an Epigram ibid.
On Apollo and Daphne, by Mr. Smart ibid.
PRECEPTS for the Epitaph, with Occasional Re-
marks, from 61 to 69

Epitaph on Orpheus 6i

On Mary Countess Dowa. of Pembroke, by Ben Johnson 63

On a beautisul and virtuous Lady, by the fame ibid.

On Mr. Gay, by Mr. Pope' ibid.

On Dr. Francis Atterbury, Bp. of Rochester, by Mr. Pope 64.

On Master who died of a lingering Illness, by Mr.

Smart ibid.

On Mr. Prior, written by himself ibid.

On one who would not be buried in Westminster-Abbey,

by Mr. Pope 65

On a Miser ibid.

On ditto, by Dr. Swift ibid.

On Stephen the Fidler ibid

On Mr. Pultney 66

On Francis Chartres, by Dr Arbuthnot 67

On Mr. Dove an Apothecary 68

On Signior Fido, a Greyhound, by Mr. Pope 69

PRECEPTS for the E L E G Y,with occasional Remarks 70 to»4

Elegy to the memory of an unfortunate Lady,byM.r. Pope j a

Written in a Country Church-yard, by Mr. Grey 73

TheTeaisof Scotland, written in 1746, by Dr. Smollet 76

A Love Elegy, by Mr. Hammond 78

On the suppos'd Death of Mr, Partridge the Almanack-

maker, by Dr. Siuift 8x

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