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OF THE FIRST EPISTLE.
Introduction.-Defign of the Poem to remove prejudices. which obftruct the cultivation of Epic writing.-Origin of Poetry.—Honors paid to its infancy.-Homer the first Poet remaining.—Difficulty of the question why he had no Succeffor in Greece.-Remark of a celebrated Writer, that as Criticifm flourishes Poetry declines.-Defence of Critics.-Danger of a bigoted acquiefcence in critical Systems-and of a Poet's criticising his own. works.-Advantages of Friendship and Study of the higher Poets..
ERISH that critic pride, which oft has hurl'd
With papal rage the eye of Genius blind,
And bar the gates of Glory on the mind!
Such dark decrees have letter'd Bigots penn'd *,
* Ver. 7. See NOTE I.