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the found of a word is attended to, before we confider its
fignification. In a third fection come thofe fingular beauties of
language that are derived from a refemblance between found and
Signification. The beauties of verfe are handled in the laft
fedlion: for though the foregoing beauties are found in verfe as
well as in profe, yet verfe has many peculiar' beauties, which, for
the fake of connection, muft be brought under one view; and
verfification, at any rate, is a fubjedl of fo great importance as
to deferve a place by itfelf. Sect. I.?Beauty of Language with
refpett to Sound. THIS fubjedl requires the following order: The
founds of the different letters come firft: next, thefe founds as
united in fyllables: third, fyllables united in words: fourth,
words united in a period: and, in the laft place, periods united in
a difcourfe. With refpecl to the firft article, every vowel is
founded with a fingle expiration of air from the wind-pipe, through
the cavity of the mouth. By varyingthis cavity.the different
vowelsare founded; forthe air in pafiing through cavities differing
in fize, produceth various founds, fome high or fharp, fharp, fome
low or flat: a fmall cavity occafions a high found, a large cavity
a low found. The five vowels accordingly, pronounced with the fame
extenfion of the wind-pipe, but with different openings of the
mouth, form a regular feries of founds, defcending from high to
low, in the following order, i, e, a, o, u . Each of thefe founds
is agreeable to the ear: and if it be required which of them is the
moft agreeable, it is perhaps fafeft to hold, that thofe vowels
which are the far- theft removed from the extremes, will be the
moft relifhed. This is all I have to remark upon the fitft article:
for confonants being letters that of t...
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