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adjective adverbs ANTISTROPHE Aristotle beauty BEN JONSON BENJAMIN JONSON called CHAP Chaucer comedy death declension diphthongs divers doth Duggs earl earl of Newcastle ELEGY enim epode eyes fable fair fame feign glory Gower grace Greek hath honour Horace imitation JONSON judgment Kecks king labour lady language Latin learned less letter Lidgate light lingua litera live lord master mind modd muse nature never noble noun past perfect person Pindar Plautus plural poem poet poetry praise preposition prince quam quce quid Quintilian quod rhyme Scalig Sejanus Shackerley Marmion shew Sir Thomas sonum soul sound speak speech style substantive sweet syllabe syntax thee thine things thou thought tongue true truth unto verb verse vice VIRBIUS virtue vocalis vowels WHAL whereof Whilst whole wise words write
183 ページ - Yet there happened in my time one noble speaker, who was full of gravity in his speaking. His language (where he could spare or pass by a jest) was nobly censorious. No man ever spake more neatly, more pressly, more weightily, or suffered less emptiness, less idleness, in what he uttered.
175 ページ - I loved the man, and do honour his memory on this side idolatry as much as any. He was, indeed, honest, and of an open and free nature ; had an excellent phantasy, brave notions, and gentle expressions, wherein he flowed with that facility that sometimes it was necessary he should be stopped.
220 ページ - Custom is the most certain mistress of language, as the public stamp makes the current money. But we must not be too frequent with the mint, every day coining, nor fetch words from the extreme and utmost ages ; since the chief virtue of a style is perspicuity, and nothing so vicious in it as to need an interpreter.
174 ページ - For they commend writers as they do fencers or wrestlers ; who, if they come in robustiously, and put for it with a great deal of violence, are received for the braver fellows...
156 ページ - ... scoffing. For to all the observations of the Ancients we have our own experience, which if we will use, and apply, we have better means to pronounce. It is true, they opened the gates, and made the way, that went before us; but as guides, not commanders: Non domini nostri, sed duces, fuere.
176 ページ - Augustus said of Haterius. His wit was in his own power; would the rule of it had been so too. Many times he fell into those things could not escape laughter; as when he said in the person of Caesar, one speaking to him, "Caesar, thou dost me wrong," he replied, "Caesar did never wrong but with just cause"; and such like, which were ridiculous.
177 ページ - They would not have it run without rubs, as if that style were more strong and manly that struck the ear with a kind of unevenness. These men err not by chance, but knowingly and willingly; they are like men that affect a fashion by themselves; have some singularity in a ruff, cloak, or hatband; or their beards specially cut to provoke beholders, and set a mark upon themselves.
213 ページ - So did the best writers in their beginnings: they imposed upon themselves care and industry; they did nothing rashly; they obtained first to write well and then custom made it easy and a habit.