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Excerpt from The Beauties of Ancient English Poetry
The opinion of this writer upon literature in general, and especially on such a subject as poetry, may per haps be considered as the literary opinion of his own age, or of a preceding one, rather than the offspring of his own mind, for judgments on such subjects as these, can scarcely be conceived as emanating from a mind, in all its own habits of speculation so alien to them. Nor is it very probable that on subjects which he could not feel himself strong, he would, in a work, not of ingenious and speculative argument, but of grave history, have hazarded himself in opinions, in which he did not secretly feel some countenance from those judgments that he was accustomed to revere, and to consider as of para mount authority in literature.
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