Rhymes on art; in two parts.: With Notes, And A Preface, Including Strictures In The State Of The…

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byMartin Archer Shee

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1805 edition. Excerpt: ... What food for ridicule! what room for wrath! When study works up folly to a froth! 60 had derived most good, or evil from the introduction of the fine arts!!! Indeed, it is impossible to say, to what excess such extravagant notions might not have proceeded, if the good sense of the time had not stepped forward to expose them. We were in some danger of seeing the whims of Cornelius Agrippa revived with more seriousness, and less learning; of witnessing new declamations on the vanity of aits and sciences, issuing from the prurient brain of disordered speculation, and denouncing those ornaments of life at the bar of political regeneration, as the pestilent promoters of inequality, and the corrupters of all civic virtue. But even if it should be allowed (and it is certainly highly probable) that the founders of the new philosophy could never have had it in contemplation to pluck up, and eradicate as pernicious luxuries those tender plants of civil culture; yet surely, that result could scarcely fail to follow from the general adoption of the principles they avow. Though the author does not consider himself very well qualified to analyze the materials of human society, or to discriminate nicely, between causes and concomitants, in the confused and puzzling progress of moral and political operations, yet he thinks he can see all the finer arts and ornaments of life, all the delicate Cornelius Agrippa, a learned philosopher and reputed magician of EelgiSj who flourished in the sixteenth century, and amongst other extraordinary and ingenious productions, published a treatise on the vanity of the arts and sciences; ascribing them to the agency of the devil, for the corruption of When dulness bubbling o'er ambition's fire, In cloud, and smoke,...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1805 edition. Excerpt: ... What food for ridicule! what room for wrath! When study works up folly to a froth! 60 had derived most good, o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217277667

ISBN - 13:9780217277662

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