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art," he observed," and staring in men's faces, is very indelicate in a female.”
After having talked slightingly of music, he was observed to listen very attentively while Miss Thrale played on the harpsichord, and with eagerness he called to her, “ Why don't you dash away like Burney ?" Dr. Burney, upon this, said to him, “I believe, sir, we shall make a musician of you at last.”. Johnson, with candid complacency, replied, Sir, I shall be glad to have a new sense given to me.”
Boswell spoke of Mr. Harris, of Salisbury, as being a very learned man, and, in particular, an eminent Grecian. JOHNSON. “ I am not sure of that. His friends give him out as such, but I know pot who of his friends are able to judge of it." GOLDSMITH. “ He is what is much better: he is a worthy humane man.” Johnson. “ Nay, sir, that is not to the purpose of our argument: that will as much prove that he can play upon the fiddle as well as Giardini, as that he is an eminent Grecian.” GOLDSMITH. " The greatest musical performers have but small emoluments. Giardini, I am told, does not get above seven hundred a year.” JOHNSON.
That is indeed but little for a man to get, who does best that which so many endeavour to do. There is nothing, I think, in which the power of art is shown so much as in playing on the fiddle :. in all other things we can do something at first. Any man will forge a bar of iron, if you give him a hammer; not so well as a smith, but tolerably. А man will saw a piece of wood, and make a box, though a clumsy one; but give him a fiddle and a fiddle-stick, and he can do nothing."
END OF VOL. J.
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