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 and produces many instances of this. But it is to be noticed that such defects as these grew less and less as he matured, and that his address on Democracy, for instance, is entirely free from them. The most serious attack ever made upon the literary work of Lowell was a really able one, called “Professor Lowell as a critic,” in Lippincott's (June, 1871), which appeared anonymously, but was understood to have been written by Mr. John Foster Kirk-a paper which pronounces him to be “a writer whose merits are many and striking, but wholly on the surface,” and which says of Lowell's admirers: “The qualities they ascribe to their idol are precisely those in which he is most deficient. He is acute, versatile, occasionally brilliant; but he is narrow, shallow, and hard, destitute of the insight, the comprehension, the sympathy, by which the true critic, the true poet, searches the domain of thought and the recesses of the mind, illumines the emotions and kindles them.” It is impossible not to read between the lines of this verdict what the writer himself admits, in so many words, to
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