Works of the Camden Society, Issue 95

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Camden Society, 1867 - Great Britain
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Page x - The English Parnassus; or a Helpe to English Poesie. Containing a Collection of all Rhyming Monosyllables, the Choicest Epithets, and Phrases; with some General forms upon all occasions, subjects and Theams, alphabetically digested.
Page 6 - ... commodities in the preface to the reader contained, as also for conscience sake, thinking that wher I haue bene long conuersant in the schooles, and haue from tyme to tyme lamented to see the youth of our Cuntry (in the studie of the Latin tong) lacke such little instruments, as this fit and needful for their exercises, and sawe no man set his hand to the same, I was bound for the portion of my small talent to do somewhat therin, though I knowe that I shoulde for my laboure...
Page xiii - The Verbotomist," published the following curious work : — " Verbotomy : or the Anatomy of Words ; shewing their component parts ; being an elegant specimen of what may be accomplished in the arrangement of Language, whereby more scientific knowledge of its principles may be obtained in a short time, than from any work hitherto printed ; such, at least, is the opinion of WP Russel, Verbotomist or WordDissector. London, 1805. 8.
Page 231 - It is often difficult to tell whether the spelling adopted in some places is intentional or whether it is a misprint ; but it would be impossible to correct the errors and to re-arrange the form without rendering it an almost entirely new work. If the book was intended for its original purpose it might be necessary to make these alterations, but as its chief interest consists in its being in the same state as that in which it was left by its compiler, I have thought it best to reprint it word for...
Page xi - ... but of a moderate length, was ever yet compos'd of such perfect Rhymes, nor will the genius of our language admit of it : but this shews in particular the rhymes that are allowable in the English poetry, giving more especially those that are used by the late Mr. Dryden, and our other best poets; who, without pretending to the gift of prophecy, we may venture to say will ever be the standard of English Rhyme.
Page viii - This first part consists of a vocabulary of more than 4000 monosyllables, professedly arranged in order of rhyme, but with very few exceptions arranged only according to the spelling. In some of these exceptions we find real rhymes with differing spelling, but on the other hand we have words classed...
Page 6 - ... and brought to some perfection (for the gathering of oure Englishe wordes, and deuiding of the same into this alphabet order of the last sillabls, being a trade not of any man afore attempted, or by the other Dictionaries any thing to recken vp helped & furthered, must needs be a long trauaile) I thought and did alway entend, with so much speed as I could, to publishe and...
Page iv - ABC,' and dedicated the same to Thomas Goodrich, Bishop of Ely, and Chancellor of England. Some will condemn him of indiscretion, in presenting so low a subject to so high a person, as if he would teach the greatest statesman in the land to spell aright. Others will excuse him, his book being though of low, of general use for the common people, who then began to betake themselves to reading (long neglected in the land), so that many who had one foot in their grave had their hand on their primer....
Page 147 - Baptiste, baptista, ae, hie, sophiste, sophista, latiniste, latinista, e ... and such other, as many or mo as ende in isme: for commonly they haue bothe one primitiue: the first, signifying the sect it selfe, tongue, or manner of people, and the latter beetokening him, that eyther is good & cunning, or else is studious and earnest in the same.

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