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" ... [He might have said the same of writers too, if he had pleased.] In the lowest form he places those whom he calls les petits esprits, such things as are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse ; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit, prefer... "
The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected in Eighteen Volumes - Page 201
by John Dryden, Walter Scott - 1821
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The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Aeneis, Volume 1

Virgil - Aeneas (Legendary character) - 1721 - 1043 pages
...he calls Let Pettts Effrits: Such things as are our UppW'Gallery Audience in a PlayHoufe: who like nothing but the Husk and Rind of Wit ; prefer a Quibble, a Conceit, an Epigram, before folid Senfe, and elegant Expreffion: Thefe are Mobb-Readers : If?7jrgil and Martial flood for Parliament-Men,...
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The Works of the English Poets: With Prefaces ..., Volume 17, Page 1

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1779
...Efprits : fuch things as are our upper-gallery audience in a playhoufe : who like nothing but the hufk. and rind of wit ; prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before foli<l fenfe, and elegant expreffion : thefe are mob-readers : if Virgil and Martial ftood for parliament-men,...
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The Works of the English Poets: Virgil, trans. by Dryden

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1779
...epigram, before folid fenfe, and elegant expreffion : thefe are mob-readers : if Virgil and Martial flood for parliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But though they VOL. V. U ' make make the greateft appearance in the field, and cry the joudeft, the beft on it is,...
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Harrison's British Classicks, Volume 4

1786
...epigram, before folid fenlè and elegant cxpreffion: thefe are mob-readers. If Virgil and Martial ftood for parliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But though they make the greateft appearance m the field, and cry, the loudelt, the bed on't ¡s, they are but a fort of French...
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The works of the English poets. With prefaces, biographical and ..., Volume 22

English poets - 1790
...Efprits: fuch things as are our upper-gallery audience in a playhoufe : who like nothing but the hufk and rind of wit ; prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before folid fenfe, and elegant expreffion : thefe are mob-readers : if Virgil and Martial flood for parliament-men,...
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The Works of the British Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical ...

Robert Anderson - English poetry - 1795
...epigram, before folid fenfe, and elegant expreflion : thefe are mob-readers: if Virgil and Martial flood for parliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But though they make the grcateft appearance in the field, and cry the loudeft, the beft on it is, they are but a fort of French...
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A Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain..: Pope's Iliad & Odyssey ...

1792
...Efprits : fuch things as are our upper-gallery audience in a play-houfe : who like nothing but the hulk and rind of wit ; prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before folid fenfe, and elegant expreffion: thcfe are mob-readers: if Virgil and Martial ftood for parliament-men,...
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The Works of the British Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and ..., Volume 12

Robert Anderson - English poetry - 1795
...Efprits : fuch things .is arc our upper-gallery audience in a play-houfe : who like nothing but the hulk and rind of wit ; prefer a quibble, a conceit, an epigram, before folid fenfe, and elegant exprefiion: thefe are mob-readers: if Virgil and Martial ftood for parliiment-mcn,...
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The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden: Now ..., Volume 3

John Dryden - 1800 - 662 pages
...calls les pet its esprit s : such things as are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse ; who like nothing but the husk and rind of wit ; prefer a quibble,...before solid sense, and elegant expression. These are. mob-readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for parliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But...
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The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden: Now ..., Volume 3

John Dryden, Edmond Malone - English prose literature - 1800
...calls les pettts esprits : such things as are our upper-gallery audience in a playhouse ; who like nothing but the. husk and rind of wit ; prefer a quibble,...before solid sense, and elegant expression. These are mob-readers. If Virgil and Martial stood for parliament-men, we know already who would carry it. But...
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