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Public are9the proper judges. 9j - f; -. slo! " j n;; n^rlt . y oil A\ ri ESS A Y O N GENIUS. IT is remarked by those who have considered the state of human knowlege with greatest attention, that the subjects of men9s enquiries have been, in most casses, determined by accident, and not pursued with regular application, according to their dignity or their natural connexion. On this account, some subjects of the greatest importance have been totally neglected, and many more have been imperfectly examined, and prosecuted no farther than superficial observations spontaneoufly occurred, and casual inclination disposed men to attend to them.

4 En/ret. d9jiri/ie tt d9Eugene. E 2 with with it. This is remarkably exemplified in Ariosto. He possesses great readiness and quickness of genius; his inventions are surprisingly various; but that vivacity and agility of fancy from which he derives these virtues, has betrayed him into continual disorder and incoherence, and unnatural interruptions of his story. The Fairy ^ueen discovers inexhaustible richness of invention, but is chargeable with the like irregularity. It would be possible to bring instances of both these kinds of vicious redundance from the writings of a very great philosopher; we might point but many passages in The EJsay on Human Underjlandifig, in which Mr.

Lib. v. (/") Diogenes Laertius introduces an account of his numerous writings, amqunting to near four hundred treatises, by remarking that it is proper to enumerate them, hƇ rit mpi irurra

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