Now the races of these two have been for some ages utterly extinct

But the concern I have most at heart is for our Corporation of Poets, from whom I am preparing a petition to your Highness, to be subscribed with the names of one hundred and thirty-six of the first race, but whose immortal productions are never likely to reach your eyes, though each of them is now an humble and an earnest appellant for the laurel, and has large comely volumes ready to show for a support to his pretensions. The never-dying works of these illustrious persons your governor, sir, has devoted to unavoidable death, and your Highness is to be made believe that our age has never arrived at the honour to produce one single poet.

As for the liberty I have thought fit to take of praising myself, upon some occasions or none, I am sure it will need no excuse if a multitude of great examples be allowed sufficient authority; for it is here to be noted that praise was originally a pension paid by the world, but the moderns, finding the trouble and charge too great in collecting it, have lately bought out the fee-simple, since which time the right of presentation is wholly in ourselves. For this reason it is that when an author makes his own eulogy, he uses a certain form to declare and insist upon his title, which is commonly in these or the like words, “I speak without vanity,” which I think plainly shows it to be a matter of right and justice. Now, I do here once for all declare, that in every encounter of this nature through the following treatise the form aforesaid is implied, which I mention to save the trouble of repeating it on so many occasions.

Comments (5)
  • Logan Palls

    It is really smug and self-righteous just to post the content without giving people an ability to showcase their opinion. It will looks like “my content is so good, that your opinion doesn’t matter to me”. That is a rough mistakes of bloggers-beginners.

  • Molly Stevenson

    The debate about blog commenting is really interesting. Let’s think, what value do you get from simply reading one side’s message, one side’s argument?

    • Trisha Hollow

      Surely, people are a curious breed. Personally I have been on numerous forums. Having seen a thread with large number of responses, I usually read them all, “cos it seems to be something good”. That’s the same with blogs commenting.

      • Alex Grey

        The fact that ability to discuss the topic together, to communicate relevant points about both sides of the story publicly, allows to form stronger opinion of your own and learn more. This can even encourage the reader to leave his own opinion about certain topic, thus adding value of the whole post. Surely, such a result benefits everybody, even including those who are just reading and sit quiet on the sidelines.

  • Alfred McHills

    Many people don’t realize, that leaving a comment – the act of a reader filling in the required fields – familiarizes readers with taking an action on the blog. Surely, that is the main aim of each blogger. This also makes it probable that they will present other actions, such as subscribing to an RSS feed, a newsletter, or even making a purchase of your products.

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