The Dean's English: A Criticism on the Dean of Canterbury's Essays on the Queen's English

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Hatchard and Company, 1865 - English language - 180 pages
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Page 148 - Still more majestic shalt thou rise, More dreadful from each foreign stroke; As the loud blast, that tears the skies, Serves but to root thy native oak.
Page 7 - Thy habitation from eternity ! 0 dread and silent mount ! I gazed upon thee, Till thou, still present to the bodily sense, Didst vanish from my thought ; entranced in prayer 1 worshipped the Invisible alone.
Page 145 - And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
Page 78 - He prayeth best who loveth best All things both great and small ; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.
Page 166 - What are we to think of the question whether "than" does or does not govern the accusative case? "than I", "than me", which is right? My readers will probably answer without hesitation the former. But is the latter so certainly wrong? We are accustomed to hear it stigmatised as being so; but I think, erroneously. Milton writes ('Paradise Lost' II, 299) — "Which when Beelzebub perceived, than whom, Satan except, none higher sat.
Page 28 - But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened unto their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed. 24 And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted, and killed it...
Page 102 - ... for, let the words of a country be in part unhandsome and offensive in themselves, in part debased by wear and wrongly uttered, and what do they declare, but, by no light indication, that the inhabitants of that country are an indolent, idly-yawning race, with minds already long prepared for any amount of servility ? On the other hand, we have never heard that any empire, any state, did not at least flourish in a middling degree as long as its own liking and care for its language lasted.
Page 6 - ... beginning to prevail, and evince its danger by exposing its contrariety to law. Of similar benefit, though in a different sphere, are grammar and criticism. In language, the grammarian is properly the compiler of the digest ; and the verbal critic, the man who seasonably notifies the abuses that are creeping in. Both tend to facilitate the study of the tongue to strangers, and to render natives more perfect in the knowledge of it, to advance general use into universal, and to give a greater stability,...
Page 4 - On the contrary, from its conformity to these, and from that alone, it derives all its authority and value. For, what is the grammar of any language? It is no other than a collection of general observations methodically digested, and comprising all the modes previously and independently established, by which the significations, derivations, and combinations of words in that language are ascertained. It...
Page 147 - Not peace. These words are spoken by the poet in his own person; very improperly: they would have suited the character of any fallen angel: but the reporter of the occurrence ought not to have delivered such a sentence. V. 299. Which when Beelzebub perceived (than whom, Satan except, none higher sat) with grave Aspect he rose, and in his rising seemed A pillar of state. Deep on his front engraven Deliberation sat and public care; And princely counsel in his face yet shone Majestic, though in ruin:...

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