Of the Origin and Progress of Language..

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J. Balfour, Edinburgh; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, London., 1787 - Language and languages

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Page 104 - ... their speech is to be fashioned to a distinct and clear pronunciation, as near as may be to the Italian, especially in the vowels. For we Englishmen being far northerly, do not open our mouths in the cold air wide enough to grace a southern tongue ; but are observed by all other nations to speak exceeding close and inward ; so that to smatter Latin with an English mouth, is as ill a hearing as law French.
Page 368 - I give unto you, That ye love one another •, as I have loved you, that ye alfo love one another. 3$ By this fhall all men know that ye are my difciples, if ye have love one to another.
Page 368 - I * give unto you, that ye love one another; * as I loved you, that ye alfo love another.' —-* By this fhall all men know, that ye * are my Difciples, if ye have love one to * another*.
Page 384 - I have faid, it is to be confidercd as a fupplement, the completeft fyftem both of morality and theology that we have in our language, and at the fame time, of the greateft beauty and elegance for the ftile and compofition. Whatever may be faid...
Page 122 - Englifh a fubjunctive mood, marked by the termination ; but this termination was no other than the termination of the firft perfon of the prefent of the indicative, without any variation of the other perfons. Thus Milton fays, if I love, if thou love, if he love. But this mood is, fince his time, almoft quite out of fafhion; tho' we have fo little variation in our verbs, that I think not the leaft mould be loft.
Page 447 - Greek hiftorians, of whom t am to treat in this chapter. The firft of them is Thucydides, of whofe ftile I have fpoken at fome length, in the third volume •>of this work*. It is, as the Halicarnaffian obferves, a moft extraodinary ftile of hiftory, fuch as no author before him wrote, nor has any.
Page 22 - But, among fuch nations as are fo far advanced in the arts of life, as to hold aflem-, blies, and deliberate about public affairs, it is evident that, in their fpeeches, there muft be more or lefs of compofition. I have heard a ftory of an Indian orator, who, at a congrefs or talk, as they call it, with the then Britifh governour of Florida, Commodore Johnfton, being frequently interrupted by the interpreter, who flopped him, in order to explain to the Governour what he faid, at...
Page 393 - Let who will make it for you as you fancy, I know it to be wrong. Whatever I have made hitherto has been true work. And neither for your sake or anybody's else shall I put my hand to any other.
Page 398 - ... a text for them ; but it is not the bufmefs of the hiftorian to be the commentator upon that text. This he ought to leave to the reader; and all that he has to do, is to give him a text exact and correct. I therefore take upon me to condemn all digreffions of that kind, efpecially when they run out to any length, fuch as the political reflections of Salluft upon the Roman ftate, in his introduction to...
Page 134 - Englifh, who cut their ftile into fhreds and patches, to thofe who compofe in fo bad a tafte.——I will only add, that, however rough and unpleafant Milton's ftile may appear to the fafhionable reader, I would netherthelefs advife him to ftudy his Polemical writings, both Political and Theological, if not for the ftile, at leaft for the matter; for he will find there a variety of argument, with which his moft extenfive learning, antient and modern, facred and prophane, furnifhed him, fuch as, I...

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