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" The topics of devotion are few, and being few are universally known ; but, few as they are, they can be made no more ; they can receive no grace from novelty of sentiment, and very little from novelty of expression. "
The Works of Samuel Johnson.LL.D..: The lives of the English poets - Page 271
by Samuel Johnson - 1792
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The Critical Review: Or, Annals of Literature, Volume 47

Tobias George Smollett - English literature - 1779
...confer. • The efience of poetry is invention ; fuch invention as, by producing fomethirg unexpected, furprifes and delights. - The topicks of devotion...few as they are, they can be made no more: they can re. cetve no grace from novelty of fentiment, and very little from novelty of expreflion. i * Poetry...
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The Monthly Review, Or, Literary Journal, Volume 61

Books - 1780
...invention ; fuch invention as, by producing fomething unexpected, furprifes and delights. The topics of devotion are few, and being few are univerfally...novelty of fentiment, and very little from novelty of expreflion. ' Poetry pleafes by exhibiting an idea more grateful to the mind than things themfelves...
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The Monthly Review, Volume 61

1780
...invention ;. fuch invention ss, by producing fomcthing unexpected, furprifes and delights. The topics of devotion are few, and being few are univerfally...no more ; they can receive no grace from novelty of fcntimenr, and very little from novelty of expreilion. ' Contemplative piety, or the jnrercourfe between...
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The Monthly Review, Volume 61

1780
...unexpected, furprifes and delights. The topics of devotion are few, and bi;ing few arc unu-erfally known ; but few as they are, they can be made no more...grace from novelty of fentiment, and very little from norelty of expreflion. ' Contemplative piety, cr the ^ntcrcourfe between God and the. human foul, cannot...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets;: Cowley. Denham. Milton. Butler ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1781 - 503 pages
...can confer. The effence of poetry is invention ; fuch invention as, by producing fomething unexpe&ed, furprifes and delights. The topicks of devotion are few, and being few are univerfally known j but, few as they are, they can be made no more ; they can receive no grace from novelty of fentiment,...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets;: With Critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1783
...confer.. The effence of poetry is invention ; fuch invention as, by producing fomething unexpected, furprifes and delights. The topicks of devotion are few, and being few are uni* verfally known ; but, few as they are, they can be made no more ; they can receive no grace from...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: The lives of the most eminent English poets

Samuel Johnson, John Hawkins - English literature - 1787
...confer, The effence of poetry is invention ; fuch invention as, by producing fomething unexpected, furprifes and delights. The topicks of devotion are few, and being few are unjverfally known j but, few as they are, they can be made no more ; they can receive no grace from...
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The works of the English poets. With prefaces, biographical and ..., Volume 2

English poets - 1790
...confer. The erTence of poetry is invention; fuch invention as, by producing fomething unexpecl- . ed, furprifes and delights. The topicks of devotion are...and being few are univerfally known ; but, few as there are, they can be made no more ; they can receive no grace from novelty of fentiment, and very...
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Sacred Biography- Or: The History of the Patriarchs to which is ..., Volume 2

Henry Hunter - 1794
...invention as, by producing. fomething unexpected, furprifes and delights. The topics of devotion are tew, and being few are univerfally known ; but few as they...novelty of fentiment, and very little from novelty of expreflion. " Poetry pleafcs by exhibiting an idea more grateful to the mind than things themfelves....
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The Lives of the English Poets: and a Criticism of Their Work

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1795 - 536 pages
...confer. The eflence of poetry is invention ; fuch invention as, by producing fomething unexpected, furprifes and delights. The topicks of devotion are...novelty of fentiment, and very little from novelty of expreflion. Poetry pleafes by exhibiting an idea more grateful to the mind than things themfelves afford....
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