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Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - June 18, 1730, London, Middlesex in ourna N�MB. CijUtSfcap, JUNE is, 1730. throne ; And prove no miracles are like (by own. Dunciad, B. III. . Mr. V-'-iolstun having though' fir to pybufh very lately a hc  P -rt or h:s Defence, the Society ordered tbe fo!~ luw.i.i> Letter, fenc asout two months sgo, to be bow pu-v. filed. b.wius, j i-'i E great ufefulncfs cf fuch a Paper as yours is geacraily acknowledged, which may af-lift us in fouiiing a juft judgment of Pooks. Nothing can depreciate this fort of Criri-jfgj cifrn, butill-nature,and perfonalrcflecTbnf: neither of which (with grcar plea/are I can fay if) have I yet found in years. in\otirlaft fb-irjg N� 13 ] you made /bme fborr Rem-rks upon a Jar; Pamphlet concerning the Materiality And mo'tality of ih> foul, which endeavoured to deprive us of the belief of future exiftence, and of the plealing hopes of a"glorio!is immortality. You have fijfficientiy expefd the abfurcirv of that Authc:'s criticifms c.n th.e Sc.ip?ure, in three or four flagrant inftances; by which we may judge of the reft. It was thole Remarks, which en com aged me to fen J you this ; not doubting hut the generous design of it wili meet with your approbation, ano be feconried by fome-thing of the like nature, more worthy and accfptablc to the Public. In that Paper you curforily touched upon the character of Mr. Woolston; which occafioned the following confiderations upon bis Cafe. I had no iboner read the firft of his fix Difcouries, but I plainly perceived, that this undertaking did nor proceed from an honeft and fin-cere defire of removing error, and re-eftablifhing truth: for then he would have written with good nature, mo-defty, and decency. But fince his Pieces are full of malicious reflexions, arrogant boafts, and fcurrilous banters; iince he has treated not only his Adverfarits, but even his Subject, the moft facred Perfon, and the moft facred Things, with a moft audacious and blafphemous ridicule ; it hs evident the true" motive of his undertaking was only to gratify the irregular paflions of his own depraved heart. Upon this, one would at firft fight imagine, as iuch Pieces juftly deferve a legal profecution, th.it this was the moft proper method to prevent the mifchief which would probably aiife from fufTering them to be fprsad abroad among the people with impunity, But allowing the right of fuch prof'.cutions to be built upen the ftrong-eft foundation ; yet 1 think th?y ought in good policy very feldom to be put in practice. It is natural to pity-all perfons who fufter the penalities of laws; and clpe-ci3lly thole who have brought thefe fuffaings upon themfclvcs, by a dhinterefted defign (as tbey pretend j of undeceiving others, and by obeying the delates of their confeience, in pub.idling to the world ufeful and neceffary truths. Such proiecutions feem to carry in them an ir/.imation, which is always propagated as much as polTibie by the fuffercrs, that there is fc-me-thing ex'raordinary in what he has advanced, which cannot be anfwered by argument, and therefore this coercive method is purfued. And thus a Perfon is often rendered very confide:able in the eyrs of the world, who was either altogether obfeure, or even contemptible before; end bis writings and notions are much farther diffuferl by thofe very means which were intended to fupprefs them. The firft ftep therefore to be taken, in relation to fuch Writings, is to publifh a proper anfwer to then]: which v fhould not be written by a perfon who is in a much higher ftation in the world, or is more famous in the republic of letters, than the Antagonift. For the dignity and reputation of the Perfon concerned renders the controverfy more confiderable, and imperceptibly raifes an obfeure adverfary to a kind of equality with his opponent. And as elevation is generally attended with envy, if any hafty thoughts, or unguarded exprtffions appear in fuch a Wprk, uader the fan&ion of a great name, the world is apt to difregard the moft laborious and learned performance. Such an Anfwer ought likewife to be written in the fame manner with the Piece which is to be refuted; and muft accordingly be either /.Tious, or .'cdicrcus, or both. Whoever under r..kcs to mount the il?ge, and depute with a Merry Andrew, scult mtt on grava, or comical air*, in conformity to hts: :.*ir :r ho be deficient in either, he will be judged by the h. �.:.'! aucicace to be inferior in the argument. This co;id=..& cev.'ards heretical Buffoons, fcems to be tecomncn-icd by thewrfeft cf m<n, Prov. xxvi. � Anfvtr a fool atcoriiag tz lis felly, left he bs -oifs in bis o~xn conceit. Upon thefe account?, tfr/ your F.cch'.y has fufficieruly cleared it feif from the icanda.1 brough; upon it by ore b.ngle Member; yet 1 hope fome of your learned body wili tive the world a new-account of the fhtc of this controverfy, and fuppiy the defects which may appear in the pa ft management of it. And notwithftuidhig this miraculous Writer, in the opinion of the Parror.s of Rofon, has treated the fur-jedi with grerK depth cf'^a?fling, ftrength of argument, and poignancy <.<t wit; yet I exp:6i to fee much more ;.f ;.i three, oifp'ayed in tbe detence of Revelation, i: your Society Hall think fit to mcouragc their Membeis in fuch ;n i-.fH:Vrts!cii:g: whicii will be very acciptab:c to the general:.y of y . Ph:lo-l!I3ert. The following Lines, having been resd, .were ordered to be printed, as likely to be acceptable fa .-.!! headers or rafte. They are part of a Poem, yet imprinted, caiied, At Essay en tkeDvxciAV. wiirttn bya'young Gentleman of St. Mary Hail, Oxford. T'Exalt the Soul or make the Hesrt fincere; To arm our lives with r.onefty fevere; To fliake the wretch beyond the reach of Law; Deter the young, and touch the bold with awe ; To raife the fali'n, to hear the fufferer's cries; And fa.nft.ify the virtues of the wife; Old Satire rofe from probity of micrf. The nobleft Erhicks to reiorm mankind. As Cynthia's orb exceils the-.7ems of night: So Epk Satire fliine?, diftinciiy bright. Here Genius lives, and ftren^th in ev'ry'part, And lights and.ftiadcs, and fancy fix'd b; aft. A fecond B aury la its aature ':c', It gives not Th'tKgs, but Bet 10 o.;r eyes : Life, Subflarcty Spr ;j, L'eyerd the Turns of Epigram, or Sjng. The Thought muft rife exactly from the vice, Su.iJsv, ye: fnifi/J, clear, and yet coxeife : Que Harmor.y muft;?'/ with hfl un:te .-As all true Paintings have their Place and Light. Tra:fi:ioHs mcfc be qui.-k, and yet defgn'J^ " Hot made to fii', but juft retain the mind : And Similifs, like meteors of the night,' Bu: give one flam of momentary Light. As thinking nuAs the Soul, low things e::prcft In hgh rais'J rcrms, define a Dxr.ciadbeft. Btok; ,-.nd the M:,n demand as much, or more, Tj)in he who war.dcr'J to the Latia-j fhore: fer here (eternal Grief to Duns* foul, Ar.dxH-5 thin Ghoft!) the Fart contains the WbAir Since in Mock-Epic none fucceeds, but he Wh 1 tsft� the whole of Epic Poefy. The M^rd muff be dear and underftood; Cut finer ftiii, if negatively good : thiiphemiag C~p.vetis obliquely fhows T'adore thole Gods JEneas fears and knows. A Fool's the Heroc; but tbe poet's end Is, to be candid, modefl, and a Friend. Lzx.CU.ffic Learning iancbify each part, Mot o:;:y fhow your Reading, but your Art. 'Z, . The charms of Parody, like thole of Wit, If well co?itrafted, never fail to hit; Ore half in light, and one in darknefs drefr, (For contraries oppos'd ftill fhine the beft.) V. hen a' cold Page half breaks the Writer's heart, by this it warms, and brightens iuto Art. When P.hetorick glitters with too pompous pride, By this, lik: Circs, 'tis un-deify'd. So herecynthia, while her offfpring vys In homage to the Mother of the sky, (Deck'd in rich robes, of trees, and pia^ts, andflow'rSj ^ And cto a-n'dilluftrious with an hundred tow'rsj O'er all ?arc:aTus cafts her eyes at once, And fees an hundred Sons-and each a Dunce, Th: Language next: froT herce new pleafure /pang*} For S-ylcs ure dignify'd, as weii as Ihing;. Tho' Scnfe furfiits, diftinft from phiafe or f_und, Yet Gravity conveys a /urer v?ound. Tha chvmic fecret, whidi ynur pains wou'd find, Breaks out, unfeught for, in C vjdxtes' mind ; And Quixoi's Wik ncP, like that King'* of o.J, Turns ail he touches into Pomp and Geld. Yet in this Pomp difcreticn muft be had; Tho' grave, not ftiffi tho' whimfiva', cot mad; In Works like chefe if Yttfiian might appear,. Mock-Epics, lllacknore, wou'd not coii thee deir. We pran." that B; tier ravifhes the heart, As Slnkefpear foar'd beyond the reach of art} (For nature form'd tholb Poets without Rules, To fill the world with imitpt'mg Fools.) What Burlefqun couH, was by that Genius done j Yet faults ir has, impoffible to ihun : Th' unchanging ftrain for want of grandeur cloys, And g:ves too oft thehorfe-laugh mirth of Boys* The fhorr-legg'd verfe, and double-gingling Sound, So quick furprizeus, that our heads run round ; Yet in rbis Work pecular Life pi-elides, And Wit, for all the world to glean befides. Here paufe, my Mufe, too daring and too young ! Nor rafbiy aim at Precepts yet unlung. Can Man the Mafter of the Dunciad teach? And theft: new Eays what Other hopesto reach? 'Twere better judg'd, to ftudy andexplain Each ancient Grace he copies not i'\ vain; To trace thee, Satire, to thy utmoft Spring, Thy Form, thy Changes, and thy Authors Cng. It is not doubted, but that this Specimen will excitgf. the defire of the Public for the who:e Piece 3 and it is!, hoped it may be a means to move the learned Author ttf gratify it. LONDON. Thursday, ftins rr. -: Important Articles omitted in our two former, and here abridged.-The Wives of Mr. Stanton, a great Stone-cutter, and of Mr. Amarofc an eminent brewer,

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