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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL,
MAY, AND JUNE.

M DCCC III.

Qaid verum, et quid falfum; quid rectum in oratione pravumve;
quid confentiens, quid repugnet, judicando. CICERO.

VOLUME XXI.

London:

PRINTED FOR F. AND C. RIVINGTON,
No. 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1803.

PRINTED BY C, RICKABY, PETERBOROUGH COURT,

FLEET-STREET.

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PREFACE.

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we could live in a total feclufion from the world, occupied only by our studies, we might pass in filence the convulfions of nations, and mark only the flate of letters; but, being engaged to read and report the publications of the day, even our ftudies frequently recall us to the exigencies of the times, and we are among the first to rejoice or lament with our countrymen at their profperous or threatening afpect. In the present state of things, if we could feize the lyre of Tyrtæus, we would ftrike its boldest notes, to animate our countrymen to deeds worthy of their ancient glory; trufting that, when they fhould have performed achievements fit to be recorded, we should have to praife hiftorians and poets worthy of the acts they had to celebrate;

Dignos laude viros Mufa vetat mori.

We must turn, however, from patriotic wifhes, to the proper fubject of our Preface.

DIVINITY.

After an interval little fuited to the wishes of Englifh ftudents, from 1793 to 1801, Mr. Marfb has, in fome measure, completed his work on Michaelis's Introduction; that is, he has finished the translation, though not his own proportion of Notes. Our account of the fecond Part of this work was begun in a former volume, and with very cordial commendation

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