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There is how . ever too much love , and too many trifles . Little things are made
too important ; and the Empire of Beauty is represented as exerting its influence
further than can be allowed by the multiplicity of human passions , and the variety
... must teach him the exact bounds , and different shades , of vice and virtue :
from policy , and the practice of life , he has to learn the discriminations of
character , and the tendency of the passions , either single our combined ; and
... awful scenes , from some we recede with reverence , except when stated hours
require their association ; and from others we shrink with horror , or admit them
only as falutary inflictions , as coun : terpoifes to our interests and passions .
Such manners as depend upon standing relations and general passions are
coextended with the race of man ; but those modifications of life , and
peculiarities of practice , which are the progeny of error and perverseness , or at
best of Tome ...
Well blot out all those bideous draughts , and write Pure and white forms ; then
with a radiant light Their breasts encircle , till their passions be . Gentle as nature
in its infancy : Till foften ' d by our charms their furies cease , And their revenge ...
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The Lives of the English Poets: And a Criticsm of Their works stands out as one of the earliest types of antogies. it is highyly probable that this book became a model for us, anthology writers, to produce a certain kind of anthologies including biography and works of certain authors. therefore, this book is very important in terms of its pioneer position in these kinds of analytical books