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By WM. RICHARDSON, Esq.
PROFESSOR of HUMANITY in the UNIVERSITY of

GLASGOW.

The SECOND EDITION, corrected.

LONDON:
Printed for J. MURRAY, No. 32, Fleetstreet;
and W. Creech, at Edinburgh.

MDCCLXXIY.

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INTRODUCTION.

MORALISTS

ORALists of all ages have recom

mended Poetry as an art no less instructive than amusing; tending at once to improve the heart, and entertain the fancy. The genuine and original Poet, peculiarly favoured by nature, and intimately acquainted with the constitution of the human mind, not by a long train of metaphysical deductions, but, as it were, by immediate intuition, displays the workings of every affection, detects the origin of every passion, traceth its progress, and delineates its character. Thus, he teaches us to know ourselves, inspires us with magnanimous sentiments, animates our love of virtue, and confirms our hatred of vice. Moved by his striking pictures of the instability of human enjoyments, we

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