How to Write Clearly: Rules and Exercises on English Composition

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Roberts Brothers, 1891 - English language - 78 pages
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Page 30 - HIGH on a throne of royal state, which far Outshone the wealth of Ormus and of Ind, Or where the gorgeous East with richest hand Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold...
Page 32 - When we look back upon the havoc which two hundred years have thus made in the ranks of our immortals — and, above all, when we refer their rapid disappearance to the quick succession of new competitors, and the accumulation of more good works than there is time to peruse, — we cannot help being dismayed at the prospect which lies before the writers of the present day.
Page 30 - If thou didst ever thy dear father love— HAMLET. O God! GHOST. Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.
Page 34 - Go, wondrous creature! mount where Science guides; Go, measure earth, weigh air, and state the tides; Instruct the planets in what orbs to run, Correct old Time, and regulate the sun; Go, soar with Plato to th...
Page 37 - But now all is to be changed. All the pleasing illusions which made power gentle and obedience liberal, which harmonized the different shades of life, and which, by a bland assimilation, incorporated into politics the sentiments which beautify and soften private society, are to be dissolved by this new conquering empire of light and reason.
Page 37 - It was this opinion which mitigated kings into companions and raised private men to be fellows with kings. Without force or opposition, it subdued the fierceness of pride and power; it obliged sovereigns to submit to the soft collar of social esteem, compelled stern authority to submit to elegance, and gave a domination vanquisher of laws, to be subdued by manners.
Page 48 - Tillotson,' says an author of the History of England, 'died in this year. He was exceedingly beloved both by king William and queen Mary, who nominated Dr. Tennison, Bishop of Lincoln, to succeed him.
Page 59 - Conciseness which is, on each occasion that may arise, allowable and desirable ; but to an author who is, in his expression of any sentiment, wavering between the demands of Perspicuity and of Energy, (of which the former of course requires the first care, lest he should fail of both,) and doubting whether the phrase which has the most...
Page 59 - ... forcible brevity will be readily taken in, it may be recommended to use both expressions ; — first to expand the sense, sufficiently to be clearly understood, and then to contract it into the most compendious and striking form.
Page 72 - ... on the Spaniards to do it, for he would have all the world to know that an Englishman was only to be punished by an Englishman...

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