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Page 24 - It may perhaps be further affirmed, in favour of the ancients, that the oldest books we have are still in their kind the best.
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 liv - The words in my book which he excepts against are commentitious, repudiate, concede, aliene, vernacular, timid, negoce, putid, and idiom ; every one of which were in print before I used them, and most of them before I was born.
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 l - I was 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 9 - Letters, Essays, and other Tracts, illustrating the Antiquities of Great Britain and Ireland ; together with many curious Discoveries of the Affinity betwixt the Language of the Americans and the ancient Britons to the Greek and Latin, &c. ; also Specimens of the Celtic, Welsh, Irish, Saxon, and American Languages.
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...
Page xxxix - Manilius for the press, which had been published already (1699), had not the dearness of paper and the want of good types, and some other occasions, hindered.
Page 399 - Athens,w and the people were frugal; so that they had not much to lay out upon ornaments for the stage, nor much inclination, had they had it. Nay, we are sure that for a hundred years after the beginning of the Thurian government, the expense and furniture of tragedy was very moderate; for Demosthenes, in his action against Midias, which was made Olymp. cvn. 4.,* has informed us that the charge of a tragic chorus...