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and Humour we find Truths and Wisdom jhine throughout the Composure.
It was thought proper to Jubjoyn to these Dialogues the Author's Letter to the French AC AD E MT concerning Rhetorics Toetry, and other Subjects-7 which has met with so good Reception, that it cannot but be acceptable to every polite Reader. The "Dialogues, tho' but lately publish % were composed several Tears ago in the Archbifo&ps younger "Days. But the Letter was written in his more advanced Age, in answer to one that the Academy sent him by their Secretary; desiring his Advice on the several Subjects he treats of: and therefore it is penn'd with the utmost Elegance and Toliteness. However both in the Dialogues, and the Letter, we find the fame just Taste, the fame noble Genius; the very fame Maxims; and the fame Defign in Writing; to reduce all Comp oJures t$ Truth, Nature, and Decency.
$. III. Of improving a Language, 205s
£.1 V. A Proposal for a new Treatise of Rhetorick, 213
£.V. Of Poetry Antient and Mo
■ dern, z^x
§. VI. Of T R A G E DT, 269
J. VII. Of Comedy, 283.
§l VIII. 0/ Hi S T O RY> 28a
J. IX. An Objection answer'd, 301
g. X. A Comparison betwixt the An
■ tients and Moderns, 302
The First Dialogue, between A. andB. and C.
!ELL, Sir, L suppose you have been hearing the Sermon to which you wou'd have carry'd me. I have but very little Curiosity that way, and am content with our Paristi-Minister.
B. I was charm'd with my Preacher.
You had a great loss, Sir, in not hearing
him. I have hir'd a Pew, that I may not
miss one of his Lent -Sermons. O! he's
B a wona wonderful Man. If you did but once hear him, you cou'd* never bear any other.
A, If it be so, I*m resolv'd never to hear him. I wou'd not have any One Preacher give me a distaste of aU Others; on the contrary, I fhou'd chuse one that will give me such a Relish and Respect: for the Word of God, as may dispose me the more to hear it preach'd every where. But since I have lost so much by not hearing this fine Discourse you are so pleas'd with, you may make up part of that loss, if you'll be so kind as to communicate to us what you remember of it.
B. I fhou'd only mangle the Sermon, by endeavouring to repeat any part of it. "There were an hundred Beauties in it that one cannot recollect, and which none but the Preacher himself cou'd display
A. Well ^ but let us at least know something of his Design, his Proofs, his Doctrine, and the chief Truths he enlarg'd on. Do you remember nothing? Was you unattentive?
B. Far from it: I never listen'd with .more Attention and Pleasure.
C. What is the Matter then > Do you want ta be intreated?
B. No: but the Preachers Thoughts were so refin'd, and depended so much on the Turn and Delicacy of his Expressions, -.. — 3 that