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Thus a remarkable defect in quantity, in comparifon with things of the fame kind ; a refemblance in individuals of a fuperior fpecies to It is ufed to fignify any great excellence of compofition. 6yu ir* ret WYI. In this latitude he explains it, treating of the neryoui, the vehement, and even the beautiful and elegant. die ' Of 3& the tafle of, the orders below them; &cT ' PART 1 or the defect of fublimity in compofitions of art or genius, which propofe to imitate originals or treat fubje&s confefledly noble, gives us diftafte and infpires likewife contempt.

NO'l*. /*. /2r cent SECT. VI. Of the mod the cient to turn of imitation. tafle 53 magnificent fubjedt ' into ridicule. BUT the force of imitation (till when no confpicuous, cur to heighten effect its is mofl other principles con: for as it is then unmixed, we cannot queftion, that the whole pleafure of the fentiment propure and duced deed is owing afliftance fiderable to or things grateful would be very The alone. it Its power not only, is in- without the of other principles, produces a condegree of pleafure; but often re- commends and imperfect it that fo great, rudeft the gains preference faulty originals when reflected ungrateful, ; by it, viewed if to and makes rocks and mountains j which directly.

Die ' Of 3& the tafle of, the orders below them; &cT ' PART 1 or the defect of fublimity in compofitions of art or genius, which propofe to imitate originals or treat fubje&s confefledly noble, gives us diftafte and infpires likewife contempt. from Meannefs arifes often when low arid gro- aflbciation, as when images mean fimiles, objedts, are Thus alib, applied to an important fubjeft. words and phrafes become mean, when they excite mean ideas, either by their proper fig- veling ideas are fuggefted nification, or only by ; taken from and by their being ordinarily thofe of inferiour rank.

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