Tract and Miscellaneous Criticisms of the Late Richard Porson, Esq. ...

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Richard and Arthur Taylor, 1815 - Classical philology - 407 pages
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Page 318 - ... and all the ornaments and furniture carried away. In this edifice it was determined I should lodge. The great gate fronting to the north was about four feet high, and almost two feet wide, through which I could easily creep.
Page 13 - Among the ancients, plain speaking was the fashion ; nor was that ceremonious delicacy introduced which has taught men to abuse each other with the utmost politeness, and express the most indecent ideas in the most modest language. The ancients had little of this. They were accustomed to call a spade a spade ; to give every thing its proper name. There is another sort of indecency which is infinitely more dangerous, which corrupts the heart without offending the ear.
Page l - The New Testament has been under a hard fate since the invention of printing. " After the Complutenses and Erasmus, who had but very ordinary MSS., it has become the property of booksellers. Rob. Stephens' edition, set out and regulated by himself alone, is now become the standard.
Page 326 - Warburton, that when he had anything better than ordinary to say, and yet too bold, he always reserved it for a second or third edition, and then nobody took any notice of it.
Page 109 - Cri ticks, we shall find that the first have been of no use whatever, and that the last have rendered the most important services to mankind. All persons of taste and understanding know, from their own feelings, when to approve, and disapprove, and therefore stand in no need of instructions from the Critick; and as for those who are destitute of such faculties, they can never be taught to use them ; for no one can be taught to exert faculties which he does not possess. Every dunce may, indeed, be...
Page 110 - ... be the taste and discernment of a reader, or the genius and ability of a writer, neither the one nor the other can appear while the text remains deformed by the corruptions of blundering transcribers, and obscured by the glosses of ignorant grammarians. It is then that the aid of the verbal critic is required ; and though his minute labour, in dissecting syllables and analysing letters, may appear contemptible in its operation, it will be found important in its effect.
Page 150 - ... of language and the etymology of words, he gives too much scope to conjecture and imagination. In the execution of his plan he unnecessarily contracts his foundation by building only on the groundwork of Homer ; and, while he denies that particular changes of sounds and words can take place except in one certain prescribed mode, he allows too little to the changes, caprices, conveniences, &c., which produce the fluctuations.
Page 332 - I shall not trespass upon your time with a long letter, occupied, as I take it for granted you must be, with the circumstances attendant on your elevation, and with the swarm of addresses that invade you from all quarters. Neither shall I amuse myself with foretelling the future glories of your reign. I never but once ventured on a similar prediction, and then my success was such as completely discouraged me from setting up for a prophet again. But a passage from Cicero had long...
Page 12 - s death, has been substantially refuted by many critics ; so the present editor has very judiciously observed, with regard to the other part of the charge, that Socrates is not so much the object of ridicule in the Comedy of the Clouds, as the philosophers in general, who, of whatever benefit the lessons and example of Socrates himself might be to the state, were, from their idle lives, their minute, ridiculous, and sometimes impious disquisitions, highly prejudicial to their disciples, and, by consequence,...
Page 72 - The names of six, and, if the lacunae are properly supplied, the names of twelve cities, appear to have been engraved on the Marble, exactly as we find them in ^Elian's Various History, But there is not any imaginable reason for this particular arrangement.

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