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Mr. MA SON;

MARKS of IMITATION.

Ni que laisser, ni que choisir.

Malherbe.

CAMBRIDGE:

Printed for W. THURLBOURN & J. WOODYER; and
sold by R. DODSLEY in Pall-mall, J. BEECROFT and
M. COOPER in Pater-noster Row, London.

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L'homme ejl autant plus travaillé,
£hte le Parterre est emaille
D'une diversité plus grande:
Tant de fleurs de tant de cotez
Faisant paraître en leurs beautez
L'artifice de la Nature,
11 tient suspendu son desr,
Et ne scait en cette peinture

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LETTER to Mr. MASON.

Dear Sir,

Ichanc'd to say in the discourse on Poetical Imitation, "that coincidencies of a certain *' kind, and in a certain degree, cannot fail to convict '* a writer of Imitation." You are sometimes curious to know what these coincidencies are, and have thought that an attempt to point them out would furnish an useful Supplement to what I have written on this subject. You urge me too to this attempt by the promise, it seems, I made of engaging in it. But have you obscrv'd what .1 said at the same time, "That such a design would require, besides a care'* ful examination of the workings of the human "mind, an exact scrutiny of the most original and "most imitative writers." a And, with all your par

* Disc, on Poet. Imit. p. 209. 2d Ed.

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