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collect my scattered essays into a body, and go
so far as to say, that the whole together would make a respectable volume; in which even men of letters might perhaps pick up something of novelty and entertainment. I have so far complied with these flattering suggestions, as to take the last five letters, printed in the European Magazine, on LITERARY RESEMBLANCE; to which
I have added a few others on the same
subject, and present them, in this more
regular form,-to you, with certain expectation of a favorable reception:-not without diffidence to the PUBLIC.
L E T T E R I.
MY DEAR P.
days ago, on a passage in Pope's tranflation of Homer, have engaged me so far in the consideration of LITERARY RESEMBLANCE or IMITATION, and the subject is so curious and interesting, that perhaps you will indulge me while I pursue it a page or two further.
In a periodical • paper, begun 1752, are cited many passages from Pope, said never to have been taken notice of, as
66 evidently borrowed, though they are
Superior Beings, when of late they
Essay on Man, Ep. II. V. 31.
Simia cælicolùm risusque jocusque Deorum est
When the loose mountain trembles from on high, - Must gravitation cease? when you go by
Or fome old temple, nodding to its fall,
Essay on Mani, Ep. IV. V.'123.
If a good man be passing by an infirm building just in the article of falling, can it be expeëied that God thouiá fufpend the force of gravitation till he is gone by, in or'der to his deliverance ?
Wollaston, Rel. Nat.
Chads of thought and passion, all confused,