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** Glorious illuminations, made on high :6-By all the Stars and planets of the sky,

" In just degrees, and fhining order plac'd, * Spectators charm’d, and the blest dwelling grac'd. " Thro' all th' enlighten'd air swift fire-works flew, " Which with repeated shouts glad Cherubs threw, " Comets ascended with their sweeping train, " Then fell in starry show'rs and glitt'ring rain.

In air ten thousand meteors blazing hung, “ Which from th' eternal battlements were flung.

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If a man who is violently fond of Wit, will facrifice to that passion his friend or his God, would it not be a shame, if he who was smit with the love of the Bathos should not sacrifice to it all other tranfitory regards? You shall hear a zealous Proteftant Deacon invoke a Saint, and modestly beseech her to do more for us than Providence :

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" Look down bless’d saint, with pity then look down,
“ Shed on this land thy kinder influence,
* And guide us through the mifts of providence,
- In which we stray.

Neither will he, if a goodly Simile come in his way, scruple to affirm himself an eye-witness of things never yet beheld by man, or never in existence; as thus,

“ Thus have I seen in Araby the bless’d,
" A Phænix couch'd upon her fun'ial nest."

But to convince you that nothing is so great which a marvellous genius, prompted by this laudable zeal, is not able to lessen, hear how the most sublime of all Beings is represented in the following images :

Prince Arthur, p. 50.
+ A. Phillips on the death of Queen Mary.
Anon.

Fir be is a PAINTER. * " Sometimes the Lord of Nature in the air, “. Spreads forth his clouds, his fable canvas, where. “ His pencil, dipp'd in heav'nly colour bright, " Paints his fair rainbow, charming to the fight.”

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I. Now he is a CHEMIST. " Th’ Almighty Chemist does his work prepare, « Pours down his waters on the thirsty plain, Digests his light’ning, and diftils his rain."

Now he is a WRESTLER. ', 56 Me in his griping arms th’Eternal took, s And with such mighty force my body shook, « That the ftrong grasp my members forely bruis'd, “ Broke all my bones, and all my finews loos’d.”

Now a RECRUITING OFFICER.
Iles For clouds, the-sun-beams levy fresh-supplies,

56 And raise recruits of vapours, which arise
" Drawn from the seas, to mufter in the skies.”

Now a peaceable GUARANTEE. ş “ In leagues of peace the neighbours did agree,

". And to maintain them, God was Guarantee."

Then he is an ATTORNEY.
+ " Job, as a vile offender, God indites,
“ And terrible decrees against me writes,

" God will not be my advocate,
" My cause to manage or debate."

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Blackm. opt, edit. deod, 1716. P: 172. † Blackm. Pr. civ. p. 263.

Page 75.
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+ Page 61.

In the following Lines he is a GOLD-BEATER, * " Who the rich metal beats, and then, with care,

“ Unfolds the golden leaves, to gild the fields of air."

Then a FULLER, + “ th' exhaling reeks, that secret rise, 66 Borne on rebounding sun-beams thro' the skies, “ Are thicken'd, wrought, and whiten'd, till they

grow 15 A heav'nly fleece."

A MERCER, or PACKER, 66 Did'ft thou one end of air's wide curtain hold, 66 And help the Bales of Æther to unfold ; “ Say, which cærulean pile was by thy hand unroll?d?!!

A BUTLER.

“ He measures all the drops with wond'rous skill, “ Which the black clouds, his floating bottles, fill,"

Gri And a BAKER. « God in the wilderness his table spread, “ And in his airy Ovens bak?d their bread."

* Blackm. p. 185.

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+ Blackm. Ps. civ. Page 18.
|| Blackm, Song of Moses, p. 218.

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CH A P.

C H A P. VI.

Of the several kinds of Geniuses in the Profund, and

the Marks and Characters of each.

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Doubt not but the reader, by this Cloud of examples,

begins to be convinced of the truth of our assertion, that the Bathos is an Art; and that the Genius of no mortal whatever, following the mere ideas of Nature, and unaffifted with an habitual, nay laborious peculiarity of thinking, could arriye'at images so wonderfully low and unaccountable. The great author, from whole treasury we have drawn all these instances (the Father of the Bathos, and indeed the Homer of it) has, like that immortal Greek, confined his labours to the greater Poetry, and thereby left room for others to acquire a dute share of praise in inferior kinds. Many painters who could never hit a nose or an eye, have with felicity copied a small-pox, or been admirable at a toad or a red herring. And seldom are we without geniuses for Stilllife, which they can work up and stiffen with incredible accuracy,

An univerfal Genius rises not in an age; but when he rises, armies rise in him! He pours forth five or fix Epic Poems with greater felicity, than five or fix pages can be produced by an elaborate and servile copier after Nature or the Ancients. It is affirmed by Quintilian, that the fame genius which made Germanicus so great a general, would with equal application have made him an excellent Heroic Poet. In like manner, reasoning from the affinity there appears between Arts and Sciences, I doubt not but an active catcher of butterflies, a careful and fanciful pattern-drawer, an industrious collector of shells, a laborious and tuneful bag-piper, or a diligent breeder, of tame rabbits, might severally excel in their respective

parts of the Bathos.

I shall

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I shall range these confined and less copious Geniuses under proper classes, and (the better to give their pictures to the reader) under the names of Animals of some sort or other; whereby he will be enabled, at the first. fight of such as shall daily come forth, to know to what kind to refer, and with what authors to compare them.

1. The Flying Fishes : These are writers who now and then rise upon their fins, and fly out of the Profund'; but their wings are soon dry, and they drop down to the bottom, G. S. A. H. C. G.

2. The Swallows are authors that are eternally skimming and fluttering up and down, but all their agility isi employed to catch flies. L. T. W. P. Lord H.

3. The Ostriches are such, whose heaviness: rarely permits them to raise themselves from the ground, their wings are of no use to lift them up, and their motion is between flying and walking; but then they run-very fastw D. F. L, E. The Hon. E. H.

4. The Parrots are they that repeat another's words, in fuch a hoarse odd voice, as make them seem their own. W. B. W. H. C. C. The Reverend D.D.

5. The Didappers are authors that keep themselves long out of sight, under water, and come up now, and then where you least expected them. ,

L. W. G. D. Esq. The Hon. Sir W. Y.

6. The Porpoises are unwieldy and big; they put alj their numbers into a great turmoil and tempeft, but whenever they appear in plain light (which is seldom) they are only shapeless and ugly monsters.

I. D. C. G. I. O.

7. The Frogs are such as can neither walk nor fly, but can leap and bound to admiration : They live generally in

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