The Biblical Repository and Classical Review Volume 17

The Biblical Repository and Classical Review Volume 17

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...satisfy the taste of the most refined and sensitive, and in its Saxon frame-work, a manly dignity and strength, a stern and honest vigor pre-eminently fitted for clear-sighted men, --active rather than meditative, earnest in doing rather than in speculating. I fear that in the enthusiasm for foreign languages, the dignity and richness of our own are too little prized, and its best writers too little studied. The facility, with which a knowledge of the tongue competent for ordinary purposes may be acquired, prevents that exertion which alone can secure the hi hest excellence. The older writers, laboring with a healthfu spirit, in an age when there was less eagerness in matters of immediate practical utility and more in the development of the spirit, less earnestness in the sciences and more in theology, in questions of church polity and probably of civil government, less possibility of immediate literary popularity, and, consequently, a patient waiting for the revelation of truth, less influence of public anonymous criticism, and a freer display of individual tastes and peculiari'ties--these writers give us the fresh impress and image of their own minds; and, in so doing, have left models of a variety of style and thought, which it will be difficuul to equal, almost impossible to surpass. "It is the existence of an individual idiom in each," says one who read them and loved them, " that makes the principal writers before the restoration the great patterns or integers of English style." There have indeed been writers, in our own a e, and in that which is just past, who, for every excellence, fa 1 nothing short of the choicest models. But they, for the most part, careless of the thin, vicious stream of modern more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236816374
  • 9781236816375