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" And yet it fills me with wonder, that, in almost all countries, the most ancient poets are considered as the best: whether it be that every other kind of knowledge is an acquisition gradually attained, and poetry is a gift conferred at once; or that the... "
Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia - Page 27
by Samuel Johnson - 1804 - 135 pages
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The Beauties of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Consisting of Maxims and Observations ...

Samuel Johnson - 1804 - 394 pages
...best. Whether it be that every other kind of knowledge is an acquisition gradually attained, and poetry is a gift conferred at once, or that the first poetry...the same, the first writers took possession of the striking objects for description, and the most probable occurrences for fiction, and left nothing to...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Samuel Johnson - 1806
...: whether it be that every other kind of knowledge is an acquisition gradually attained, and poetry is a gift conferred at once ; or that the first poetry...writers took possession of the most striking objects for description, and the most probable occurrences forfiction, andleft nothing to those that followed them,...
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Rasselas: A Tale

Samuel Johnson - 1809 - 155 pages
...best: whether it be that every other kind of knowledge is an acquisition gradually attained, and poetry is a gift conferred at once; or that the first poetry...writers took possession of the most striking objects for description, and the most probable occurrences for fiction, and left nothing to those that followed...
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Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia: A Tale

Samuel Johnson - 1810 - 184 pages
...: whether it be that every other kind of knowledge is an acquisition gradually attained, and poetry is a gift conferred at once ; or that the first poetry...writers took possession of the most striking objects for description, and the most probable occurrences for fiction, and left nothing to those that followed...
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Works, Volume 3

Samuel Johnson - 1811
...whether it be that every other kind of knowledge is sfn acquisition gradually attained, and poetry is a gift conferred at once ; or that the first poetry...writers took possession of the most striking objects for description, and the most probable occurrences for fiction, and left nothing to those that followed...
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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia

Samuel Johnson, Francis William Blagdon - 1811 - 234 pages
...: whether it be that every other kind of knowledge is an acquisition gradually attained, and poetry is a gift conferred at once ; or that the first poetry...writers took possession of the most striking objects for description, and the most probable occurrences for fiction, and left nothing to those that followed...
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Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia: A Tale

Samuel Johnson - 1811 - 179 pages
...attained, and poetry is a gift conferred at once; or that the first poctiy of every nation surprized them as a novelty, and retained the credit by consent...nature and passion, which are always the same, the lirst writers took possession of the most striking objects for description, and the most probable occurrences...
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Elegant extracts: a copious selection of passages from the most ..., Volume 2

Elegant extracts - 1812
...: whether it be that every other kind of knowledge is an acquisition gradually attained, and poetry is a gift conferred at once ; or that the first poetry...accident at first : or whether, as the province of pi.etry is to describe nature and passion, which are always the same, the first writers took possession...
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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia: A Tale

Samuel Johnson - 1815 - 264 pages
...: whether it be that every other kind of knowledge is an acquisition gradually attained, and poetry is a gift conferred at once; or that the first poetry...and passion, •which are always the same, the first writer* took possession of the most striking objects for description, and the most probable occurrences...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - 1816
...: whether it be that every other kind of knowledge is an acquisition gradually attained, and poetry is a gift conferred at once ; or that the first poetry...writers took possession of the most striking objects for description, and the most probable occurrences for fiction, and left nothing to those that followed...
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