Shakespeare. us hirellng; Mil-. divine poem lay long neglect for a song. Ot-way lived . | in a days in po-y and < a living proach to , - and the first or
English philosophers, the immortal Newton, was iridebted the officious kindness of a BAR row, to announce world. Praise . than sure, because the former remove the same moral as in the natural : sun exhibits the i . when about to quit our hemisphere. The ancients have acquired a prejudged admiration, and their only: are, that they, had the good fortune to come the world. Thus, by the laws of primogeniture, the eld the patrimony, to the derestt of the fan not, however, be disputed ancient writers have left us performances which would reflect, the honour on any age, or nation; but to allow them the merit of exclusive excellence, is injustice to their competitors. A c of tenderness 1 as a plaasible reason for the.d that the infant state truing ought to experience the indulgence which is shewn to The weakness of this plea is eviden tad and candour obliges us to declare, that it is equally unjust and in per to consider the Greeks and Romans, -with all their inaccuracies 2nd defects, as perfect models of imitation. Many an ancient writer, whose real beauties have been justly admired, has also frequently been praised for his faults: thus his reputation has been sullied; instead of being indebted to his panegyrists, he has excited doubts and censures, where he had least deserved them.
The remarks made in the preceding article, may with equal propriety be applied to the present Subject: but we shall content ourselves with observing, that those persons who have imbibed an early prejudice for the learning of the ancients, are generally deficient in active discernment, and incapable of ascertaining the merits of modern improvements.