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in which Refpetl, Virgil is allowed to have greatly furpajjed Homer. This opens the Way to fame Observations upon the Court o/ Auguftus, and the Advances* which were made in Elegance and Politenefs under the Influence of that accompli/bed prince.

The Fifth is a Differtation upon the Rife and Progrefs of Refinement in the Language, Compofoions, and Manners of the Englifh Nation.

The Sixth con/iders tbofe Qualities, which conJtitute Delicacy in a Public Speaker; and to what Degree it feems to have rifen in this Countrywhether the Flowers of ancient Rhetoric and Elocution, are preferable to -plain good Senfe and Argument; beyond which Point, the Englifh Eloquence is faid fcarce to afpire. This Converfation is clofed with fame Reflexions upon the Power of fne Language; which is compared to that c/Mufic, andjhewn to be, in fame RefpeQs, fimilar, in the EffecJs it produces.

The Seventh treats of that Faculty in the Art of Painting, which is called Grace, and peints out thofe Mafters, who have been moft dijtinguijbed by this Quality.

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The Four fucceeding Dialogues exhibit the Character of an accompli/bed Gentleman, and difplay his Conduct in the various Scenes of Life and Conversation-, jhewing, at the fame Time, that the true/I and higheft Refinement conjifts in the Purity of Morals; and that Virtue is the mojl illuftrious Ornament of Human Nature.

In Contraft to this Reprefentation of Elegance and Santtity of Manners, is exhibited the View of an impure and uncultivated Demeanor; that the Beauty of the one, and the Deformity of the other may appear in a flronger Point of Light, by the Neighbourhood of its contrary Charafter.

The Next Dialogue touches upon the peculiar Charms of Female Elegance, and jhews with what a fuperior Luftre Delicacy manifefts itfelf in that Sex, which is tempered with a •purer Flame, and formed with a quicker Senfibility, and higher Relijh of every Ornament and Grace.

The Laft Converfation recommends the farther Cultivation of this rfccomplijhment, and enquires whether the Advances, we have made in it, are equal to thcfe of a neighbouring Nation; and,

if if not, to what Caufes the Difference may be flfcribed.

The Eflay ends with a Di/ertation on thofe Deities, which were faid, by the Ancients, to be the Source of all that is amiable and p leafing, to difpenfe Juftnefs ofTafte, Love of Beauty, and that Happinefs of Manner, which adorns and enlivens Merit, and is a proper Attendant upon Senfe and, Learning: For which Reafon they ufually represented the Graces in the 'Train of the GodofWifdom.

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DIALOGUE I.

PHILOCLES is one of thofefew, who can be chearful and employed, without having Recourfe to the Bufmefs or Diverfions of the World. He has a warm Imagination tempered with an excellent Underflanding, both which he has improved by a judicious Mixture of Reading and Converfation.

Though his Inclination has led him into Retirement; his Talents qualify him for making a Figure in the a&ive Scenes of Life. Yet, at the fame Time, it muft be confefled, there is a certain natural Delicacy in the Frame of his Mind, which would have

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