The Praise of Books, as Said and Sung by English Authors, Selected by J. A. Langford

The Praise of Books, as Said and Sung by English Authors, Selected by J. A. Langford

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... the Arabian's gospel open lay, (Men injure truth, who fiction nicely hide) Where they the monks audacious stealths survey, From the world's first, and greater second guide. The curious much perus'd this, then, new hook; As if some secret wayes to Heav'n it taught; For straying from the old, men never look, And prise the found, not finding those they sought. We, in tradition (Heav'n's dark mapp) descrie Heav'n worse, than ancient mapps farr India show; Therefore in new, we search where Heav'n does lie; The mind's sought ophir, which we long to know. Or as a planter, though good land he spies, Seeks new, and when no more so good he findes Doubly esteems the first; so truth men prise, Truth, the discov'ry made by trav'ling mindes. And this false book, till truly understood By Astragon was openly display'd; As counterfiet; false princes rather shou'd Be shown abroad, than in close prison lay'd. Now to the old philosophers they come; Who foliow'd Nature with such just despaire, As some do kings fair off; and when at home Like courtiers, boast, that they deep secrets share. Near them are grave dull moralists, who give Counsell to such, as still in public dwell; At sea, in courts, in camps, and cities live; And scorn experience from th' unpractis'd cell. Esop with these stands high, and they below; His pleasant wisdome mocks their gravity; Who vertue like a tedious matron show, He dresses Nature to invite the eye. High skill their ethics seemes, whilst he stoops down To make the people wise; their learned pride Makes all obscure, that men may prise the gown; With ease he teaches, what with pain they hide. And next (as if their bus'ness rul'd mankind) Historians stand, bigg as their living books; Who thought, swift Time they could in more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236838777
  • 9781236838773