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THE

BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL,

MAY, AND JUNE.

M DCCC III.

Quid vetum, et quid falsum; 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,

FLEBT-STREET

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PRE FACE.

TF we could live in a total seclusion from the world,

occupied only by our studies, we might pass in filence the convulsions of nations, and mark only the fate of letters; but, being engaged to read and report the publications of the day, even our studies frequently recall us to the exigencies of the times, and weareamong the first to rejoice orlament with our countrymen at their prosperous or threatening aspect. In the present state of things, if we could seize the lyre of Tyrtæus, we would strike its boldest notes, to animate our countrymen to deeds worthy of their ancient glory; trusting that, when they should have performed achievements, fit to be recorded, we should have to praise historians and poets, worthy of the acts they had to celebrate;

Dignos laude viros Musa vetat, mori. We must turn, however, from patriotic wishes, to the proper subject of our Preface.

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After an interval little suited to the wishes of English students, from 1793 to 1801, Mr. Marsh has, in some measure, completed his work on Michaelis's Introduétion; that is, he has finished the translation, though not his own proportion of Notes. Our account of the second Part of this work was begun in a former volume*, and with very cordial commendation . . . # Vol. XX. p. 667. a 2

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