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Page 312 - Now have we many chimneys ; and yet our tenderlings complain of rheums, catarrhs, and poses ; then had we none but reredosses, and our heads did never ache. For as the smoke in those days was supposed to be a sufficient hardening for the timber of the house, so it was reputed a far better medicine to keep the good-man and his family from the quack or pose, wherewith, as then, very few were acquainted.
Page 11 - In English, and in writing of our tongue, " So pray I to God that none mis-write thee...
Page 267 - Occleve led the way : and that he is the " first of our writers whose style is clothed with " that perspicuity in which the English phraseology " appears at this day, to an English reader.
Page 38 - IT WAS FROM ENGLAND AND NORMANDY THAT THE FRENCH RECEIVED THE FIRST WORKS WHICH DESERVE TO BE CITED IN THEIR LANGUAGE.
Page 314 - ... and thereto a sack of chaff to rest his head upon, he thought himself to be as well lodged as the lord of the town...
Page 319 - I saw where hung my own6 hood, That I had lost among the throng : To buy my own hood I thought it wrong; I knew it as well as I did my creed; But, for lack of money, I could not speed. The Taverner took me by the sleeve; "Sir," saith he,
Page 201 - I have observed that a reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor; with other particulars of a like nature, that conduce very much to the right understanding of an author.
Page 342 - Bruce," says an elegant critic, " is evidently the work of a politician as well as poet. The characters of the king, of his brother, of Douglas, and of the earl of Moray, are discriminated, and their separate talents always employed with judgment ; so that every event is prepared and rendered probable by the means to which it is attributed ; whereas the life of Wallace is a mere romance, in which the hero hews down whole squadrons with his single arm, and is indebted for every victory to his own...