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L E T T E R

TO ,

Mr. MASON;

ON THE

MARKS of IMITATION.

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COMME en cueillant une Guirlande
L'homme eft autant plus travaille,
Que le Parterre eft emaillè
D'une diverfitè plus grande :
Tant de fleurs de tant de côtez
Faisant paroitre en leurs beautez
L'artifice de la Nature,
Il tient suspendu son defir,
Et ne fcait en cette peinture
Ni que laisser, ni que choisir.

MALHERBE.

CAMBRIDGE:
Printed for W. THURLBOURN & J. WOODYER; and

fold by R. DODSLEY in Pall-mall, J. BEECROFT and
M. COOPER in Pater nofter Row, London.

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LETTER to Mr. MASON.

DEAR SIR,

Chanc'd to say in the discourse on PoeticAL

IMITATION, 66 that coincidencies of a certain " kind, and in a certain degree, cannot fail to convict 6 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 observ'd what I 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 pare • Disc, on Poet. IMIT. p. 209. 2d Ed. A 2

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