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THE

WORKS

OF

SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.

WITH

MURPHY’S ESSAY.

EDITED

BY THE REV. ROBERT LYNAM, A.M.

ASSISTANT CHAPLAIN TO THE MAGDALEN HOSPITAL.

IN SIX VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR GEORGE COWIE AND CO.

IN THE POULTRY.

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CONTENTS

Continuation of the RAMBLER.


Page

- 121. The dangers of imitation. The impropriety of imitating

Spenser

1

t 122. A criticism on the English historians

6

123. The young trader turned gentleman..

10

124. The lady's misery in a summer retirement.

15

+ 125. The difficulty of defining comedy, Tragick and comick

sentiments confounded.....

19

126, The universality of cowardice. The impropriety of extort-

ing praise. The impertinence of an astronomer

24

127. Diligence too soon relaxed. Necessity of perseverance.

29

128. Anxiety universal. The unhappiness of a wit and a fine lady 33

129. The folly of cowardice and inactivity.

37

130. The history of a beauty...

41

131. Desire of gain the general passion ...

46

132. The difficulty of educating a young nobleman.

50

133. The miseries of a beauty defaced

55

134. Idleness an anxious and miserable state.....

59

135. The folly of annual retreats into the country...

63

136. The meanness and mischief of indiscriminate dedication... 68

+ V137. The necessity of literary courage

72

138. Original characters to be found in the country. The cha-

racter of Mrs. Busy.....

77

139. A critical examination of Samson Agonistes •

81

140. The criticism continued.....

87

+ 141. The danger of attempting wit in conversation. The cha-

racter of Pailius....

92

142. An account of squire Bluster ·

97

143. The criterions of plagiarism

102

144. The difficulty of raising reputation. The various species of

detractors

107

145. Petty writers not to be despised......

112

146. An account of an authour travelling in quest of his own cha-

racter. The uncertainty of fame

116

147. The courtier's esteem of assurance...

120

148. The cruelty of parental tyranny

125

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