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and that not in very humble terms, to be the rival of Hayley“, on the same subject. The public, I am afraid, has decided against him. Upon the whole, however, the vein of pious and moral reflection, and the benevolence and philanthropy, which pervade all his poems, will continue to make them acceptable to those who read to be improved, and are of opinion that pleasure is not the sole end of poetry.
4 See his two letters in Forbes's Life of Dr. Beatlie, vol. ii. but especially his letter to the Critical Reviewers. C.