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PART II. Ver.
ver. 424. 8. Inconftancy, ver. 430.
and in praife of Good-nature, ver 508, etc.
PART III. Ver. 560, etc.
Rules for the Conduct of Manners in a Critic.
good Critic, ver. 629. The Hiftory of Criticism,
Is hard to fay, if greater want of skill
'Tis with our judgments as our watches, none
True tafle as feldom is the Critic's fhare,
Both must alike from Heav'n derive their light,
An Effy] The Poem is in one book, but divided into three principal parts or members. The first [to ver. 201.] gives rules for the Study of the Art of Criticism; the fecond [from thence to ver. 560.] expofs the Causes of wrong Judgment; and the third [from thence to the end] maiks out the Morals of the Critic. When the Reader hath well confidered the whole, and hath ohferved the regularity of the plan, the maflerly conduct of the fveral parts, the penetration into Nature, and the compafs of Learning fo confpicuous throughout, he should then be told that it was the work of an Author who had not attained the twentieth year of his age.
Let fuch teach others who themselves excel,
The lines, tho' touch'd but faintly, are drawn right.
VER. 15. Let fuch teach others] "Qui fcribit artificiofe, ab aliis "commode fcripta facile intelligere poterit." Cic. ad Heren. lib. iv. "De pictore, fculptore, fictore, nifi artifex, judicare non poteft." Pliny.
VER. 20. Moft have the feeds] " Omnes tacito quodam fenfu, "fine ulla arte, aut ratione, quæ fint in artibus ac rationibus recta "et prava dijudicant. Cc. de Orat. lib. iii.
VER. 25. So by falfe learning] " Plus fine doctrina prudentia, 66 quam fine prudentia valet doctrina." Quint.
Between ver. 25 and 26 were thefe lines, fince omitted by the Author:
Many are spoil'd by that pedantic throng,
Who with great pains teach youth to reafon wrong.
Tutors, like Virtuofos, oft inclin'd
Bv ftrange transfufion to improve the mind,
Draw off the fenfe we have, to pour in new;
Which yet, with all their skill, they ne'er could do.