The Works of Richard Bentley: Editor's preface. A dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalaris. With an answer to the objections of the Honourable Charles Boyle.-v.2. A dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalaris (cont.) Of Themistocles's Epistles. Of Socrates's Epistles. Of Euripides's Epistles. Of AEsop's Fables. Epistola ad ... Joannem Millium. Index.- v. 3. Eight Boyle lectures. Four letters from Sir Isaac Newton to Dr. Bentley. Three sermons on various subjects. Visitation charge. Remarks upon a discourse of free-thinking. Proposals for printing a new edition of the Greek Testament. Oratiuncula (Google eBook)
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Page 83 - Brutus, only as a trial of skill : but most of them took the other way, and, concealing their own names, put off their copies for originals ; preferring that silent pride and fraudulent pleasure, though it was to die with them, before an honest commendation from posterity for being good imitators.
Page v - Out of a natural aversion to all quarrels and broils, and out of regard to the editor himself, I resolved to take no notice of it, but to let the matter drop." But in 1697 Wotton was preparing a second edition of the " Reflections," and claimed Bentley's old promise to write something on ^Esop and Phalaris.
Page liii - Then he mentions some coarse compliments upon himself, which I have already accounted for : only here he says, I compare him with Lucian's ass ; which, were it true, would be no coarse compliment, but a very obliging one. For Lucian's ass was a very intelligent and ingenious ass, and had more sense than any of his riders : he was no other than Lucian himself in the shape of an ass, and had a better talent at kicking and bantering than ever the Examiner will have, though it seems to be his chief one.
Page l - I was first Tutor to his Lordship's son, and afterwards Chaplain to himself; and I shall always esteem it both my honour and my happiness to have spent fourteen years of my life in his family and acquaintance, whom even envy itself will allow to be the glory of our church and nation ; who, by his vast and comprehensive genius, is as great in all parts of learning as the greatest next himself are in any.
Page 90 - How judiciously they ascribe them to Lucian, we shall see better anon ; after I have examined the case of Phalaris, who has the plea and right of possession. And I shall not go to dispossess him, as those have done before me, by an arbitrary sentence in his own tyrannical way; but proceed with him upon lawful evidence, and a fair, impartial trial. And I am very much mistaken in the nature and force of my proofs, if ever any man hereafter, that reads them, persist in his old opinion of making Phalaris...
Page xlviii - I WILL here crave the reader's leave to make one general apology for anything, either in my Dissertation or my Defence of it, that may seem too severe. I desire but this favour, or justice rather, that he would suppose my case to be his own : and then, if he will say sincerely, that he should have answered so many calumnies with fewer marks of resentment, I am content to lie under his censure. But...
Page 77 - Phalaris to have more race, more spirit, more force of wit and genius, than any others I have ever seen, either ancient or modern.
Page xxvi - Mile's fate," and the tortures he was supposed to pass through when thrown into Phalaris's bull, is a piece of sarcastic humour which will not suffer by comparison with the volume more celebrated for its wit. " The facetious examiner seems resolved to vie with Phalaris himself in the science of Phalarism ; for his revenge is not satisfied with one single death of his adversary, but he •will kill me over and over again. He has slain me twice by two several deaths ! one, in the first page of his...