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BEAUTIES OF STERNE;
INCLUDING MANY OF HIS
LETTERS AND SERMONS,
AND MOST DISTINGUISHED
OBSERVATIONS ON LIFE.
THE THIRTEENTH EDITION.
Ornamented with several Plates, from Original Drawings.
Dear Sensibility! source inexhausted of all that's precious in our
joys, or costly in our sorrows ! thou chainest thy martyr down upon his bed of Araw-and 'ris thou who lifteft him up to HEAVEN! Eternal fountain of our feelings ! 'tis here I trace thee.
S. Journey, h. 226.
PRINTED FOR G. KEARSLEY, J. WALKER; VERNOR
PRICE THREE SHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE SEWED.
HENRY SMITH, Esq.
SECRETARY TO THE HON. THE BOARD
KINGDOM OF IRELAND.
A DEDICATION wears, at all times,
, so much the air of flattery, that 'tis hard todistinguish between the language dictated by Sincerity, and the fawnings of the Parafite-between the respect paid by perfonal gratitude to perfonal merit, and the aukward imitations of it offered at the foot of Wealth and Title by the hungry expectant.
I shall, for these reasons, only make one short observation on the propriety of my offering these sheets to your patronageThat although nothing doubting but the innate beauty of my favourite author, is capable of attracting the admiration and
seizing the attention of every
rank and age -yet having had an opportunity (through the honour of a personal intimacy with you) of observing, not only how reducible, but reduced to practice, is that philanthropy he so sweetly recommends in every page of his writings, I have been induced to prefix your name, as a fit head to fuch a body-feeling with what force precept comes home to the beart, strengthened by such an example.
I have therefore to beg you will attribute the liberty I here take with your name to its proper motive, a desire to hold up to the world a mirror, in which they should endeavour to behold their own likenessand to believe me, with every sentiment of gratitude and respect,
Your most obliged,
And most humble servant,
The very many editions that have already passed the press, of the “ Beauties of Sterne,”sufficiently evince the sentiments of the public at large upon the propriety of such a work, and remove those objections which at first might have been supposed to exist_ittherefore only remains to point out the amendments the world has a right to look for in the prefent edition.
It has been a matter of much general complaint, that the selections hitherto made were of rather too confined a cast, and that, contrary to the original, the utile and the dulce were not sufficiently blended, or in equal quantities. That as the work was intended both for the recreation of our riper years, and the improvement of the more juvenile mind, it dragg'd on rather too serious a system of grave morality, unmix'd with those sprightlier sallies of fancy,