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the following, "^ We do not say it is perfect^^ — *'it is sus-
ceptible of improvement^^ — *'it is not so perfect as to pre-
clude improvement," &c. &c. Our author can see very
clearly the inconsistency of Dr. Ely^ in admitting the im-
perfections of Watts, and still employing his poetry : but
he can see nothing inconsistent in his own language or
conduct. If the reader can see with him, he will have the
felicity to exercise a very accommodating faculty indeed.
See ApoLpp. 18, 60, 61, 76, 77, 157.

If my own opinions, about versions, v/ere of any impor-
tance, I would say, as already said, that some parts of the
paraphrase of Rouse will never be much improved, attempt
it who may; but, besides the defective poetry, some other
parts are certainly not a true representation of the senti-
ments or facts of the original. The first verse of the first
psalm, and the fourth verse of the sixty-ninth, have fre-
quently been given, with some others, as an unauthorised
construction of, or addition to the original. InPs. cvi. 19,
we have a glaring error in matter of fact. The prose says,
*'They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten
image. " The version of Rouse says,



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