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PART II. Ver. 203, etc.


Caufes hindering a true Judgment. 1. Pride, ver. 208.

2. Imperfect Learning, ver. 215. 3. Judging by

parts, and not by the whole, ver. 233 to 288. Critics
in Wit, Language, Verfification, only, 288, 305,339,
4. Being too hard to please, or too apt to admire,
ver. 384. 5. Partiality too much love to a Sect,
to the Ancients or Moderns, ver. 394. 6. Pre-
judice or Prevention, ver. 408. 7. Singularity,
ver. 424. 8. Inconftancy, ver. 430. 9. Party Spirit,
ver. 452, etc. 10. Envy, ver. 466. Against Envy,
and in praife of Good-nature, ver, 508, etc. When
Severity is chiefly to be used by Critics, ver. 526, etc.


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Is hard to fay, if greater want of skill
Appear in writing or in judging ill;
But of the two, lefs dang'rous is th' offence
To tire our patience, than mislead our fenfe.
Some few in that, but numbers err in this,
Ten cenfure wrong for one who writes amifs;
A fool might once himself alone expose,
Now one in vei fe makes many more in profe.
'Tis with our judgments as our watches, none
Go juft alike, yet each believes his own.
In Poets as true genius is but rare,
True tafle as feldom is the Critic's fhare,
Both must alike from Heav'n derive their light,
These born to judge, as well as thofe to write.

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An Efay] The Poem is in one book, but divided into three principal parts or members. The first [to ver. 201.] gives rules for the Study of the Art of Criticism; the fecond [from thence to ver. 560.] expofes the Causes of wrong Judgment; and the third [from thence to the end] marks out the Morals of the Critic. When the Reader hath well confidered the whole, and hath ohferved the regularity of the plan, the maflerly conduct of the f veral parts, the penetration into Nature, and the compafs of Learning fo confpicuous throughout, he should then be told that it was the work of an Author who had not attained the twentieth year of his age.



Let fuch teach others who themselves excel,
And cenfure freely who have written well.
Authors are partial to their wit, 'tis true,
But are not Critics to their judgment too?

Yet, if we look more closely, we shall find
Moft have the feeds of judgment in their mind:
Nature affords at leaft a glimm'ring light;
The lines, tho' touch'd but faintly, are drawn right.
But as the flightest sketch, if jufly trac'd,
Is by ill-colouring but the more difgrac'd,
So by falfe learning is good sense defac'd:
Some are bewilder'd in the maze of schools,
And fome made coxcombs Nature meant but fools.
In fearch of wit these lofe their common fenfe,
And then turn Critics in their own defence:
Each burns alike, who can, or cannot write,
Or with a rival's, or an eunuch's spite.
All fools have still an itching to deride,
And fain would be upon the laughing fide.

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VER. 15. Let fuch teach others] "Qui fcribit artificiofe, ab aliis "commode fcripta facile intelligere poterit." Cic. ad Heren. lib. iv. De pictore, fculptore, fictore, nifi artifex, judicare non poteft." Pliny.



VER. 20. Moft have the feeds] "Omnes tacito quodam fenfu, "fine ulla arte, aut ratione, quæ fint in artibus ac rationibus recta "et prava dijudicant. Cc. de Orat. lib. iii.


Many are spoil'd by that pedantic throng,

Who with great pains teach youth to reafon wrong.
Tutors, like Virtuofos, oft inclin'd


VER. 25. So by falfe learning] " Plus fine doctrina prudentia, quam fine prudentia valet doctrina." Quint.

By ftrange transfufion to improve the mind,
Draw off the fenfe we have, to pour in new;
Which yet, with all their skill, they ne'er could de.

Between ver. 25 and 26 were thefe lines, fince omitted by the Author:

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