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4 Τ Η Ε

PL E A SURES

OF

MEMORY.

PART I.

Dolce sentier,
Colle, che mi piacesti,
Ov' ancor per usanza Amor mi mena;
Ben riconosco in voi l'usate forme,
Non, lasso, in me.

PETRARCH.

A N A L Y SIS

OF THE

FIRST PAR. T.

THE

HE Poem begins with the description of an obscure village, and of the pleasing melancholy which it excites on being revisited after a long ab

fence. This mixed sensation is an effect of the

Memory. From an effect we naturally ascend to

the cause; and the subject proposed is then un

folded with an investigation of the nature and

leading principles of this faculty.

B

It is evident that there is a continued succeffion

of ideas in the mind, and that they introduce each

other with a certain degree of regularity. Their

complexion depends greatly on the different per

ceptions of pleasure and pain which we receive

through the medium of sense; and, in return,

they have a considerable influence on the animal

economy.

They are sometimes excited by sensible objects,

and sometimes by an internal operation of the

mind. Of the former fpecies is most probably the

memory of brutes; and its many sources of plea

sure to them, as well as to ourselves, are con

fidered in the first part. The latter is the most

perfect degree of memory, and forms the subject of

the second.

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