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The ARTs of
By EXAMPLES taken out of the best AUTHORS, Antient and Modern,
In all the Polite Languages.
INTERPRETED and EXPLAIN'D By that Learned and Judicious CRITICK, Father BOUHOURS.
To which are added,
Out of the Most Eminent English AUTHORS in VERSE and PROSE: Wherein the like Observations are made on their BE A UTIES and BLEMISHES, in all the various Kinds of THOUGHT and EXPRESSION.
As all is Darkness when the FANCY's bad ;
D. of BUCKS.
Printed for JOHN CLARK and RICHARD HETT, JOHN PEMBERTON, RICHARD FORD, and JOHN GRAY.
M. DCC. XXVIIL
The Right Honourable
George Dodington, Efq;
One of the Lords of the Treasury,
Lord Lieutenant of the County
HE Lofs of my intended Patron, Sir Samuel Garth, who put me upon this Work,. was fuch a Difcouragement to my Studies, which he was always pleas'd to favour, that I thought no more of Pere Bouhours, or Right-thinking, till I had the Honour of your Converfation, which reviv'd in my Memory all those Ideas
of it that are the Ornament and Ufe of the French Critick's admirable Treatife.
THE Inducements I fhou'd have had to have made the like Addrefs to my deceas'd Friend, were his fine Learning, Genius, Tafte, Wit, Judgment, Vivacity, and Humanity, which are but a Part of your Character, heighten'd by a perfect Knowledge of Men, and the Business of the World, by fuperior Dignity and Fortune; where we find verify'd what Mr. Pope faid in Flattery of one of the late Queen's lateft Minifters, A Genius not more diftinguish'd in the great Scenes of Bufinefs, than in all the ufeful and entertaining Parts of Learning: But it was those other valuable and amiable Qualities which wou'd have induc'd me to have had Recourfe to the Protection of Sir Samuel Garth, as they neceffitate me to defire Yours: For without Learning, Genius, Tafte, Wit, and Judgment, no Patron cou'd have protected a Book which treats of nothing elfe, and that in the moft Delicate and Inftructive Manner.
Ir was impoffible for me not to think of You, in a Cafe of this Nature; and that Beneficence which is fo confpicuous in all Your Actions, confirm'd me in an Opinion that You wou'd not deny me Your Patronage; it being as neceffary to me, as it is glorious to others: For in every Article of Right-thinking, You will, with a Glance of Your Eye, fee if Father Bouhours and my felf are not mistaken; and if You approve of what
what we have done, we shall have nothing to fear from Criticism.
I DARE not flatter my self with fuch Hopes, and that this will be our good Fortune; Your Penetration being too quick to let the leaft Slip, or Negligence efcape You, and much lefs any Error, or Misjudgment; but then we are fure to fuffer nothing by Jealoufy and Prejudice, which Your Judgment is as much above, as any Performance of ours can be beneath them; and Your Candour, fo peculiar to Great Minds, will put the good Intention into the Scale, when the Merit of the Work wants more Weight there,
I AM far from a vain Imagination that I have perform'd my Part as a Tranflator, or as an Author, with the Perfection the Subject deferves; but there being little or nothing concerning it in our Language, and both Authors and Readers confounding the various Manners of Thinking in the general Term Thought, by which great Confufion happens, and much is loft both of Inftruction and Pleafure, I could not help fancying that an Attempt of this Kind would be equally useful and agreeable and having made greater Collections for it, than perhaps any other Man had done, I was willing to offer them to the Publick for thofe Improvements and Embellishments which may be expected from better Talents, and more Opportunities,