Sketches of the History of Literature and Learning in England ...: With Specimens of the Principal Writers, Volumes 1-2

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C. Knight & Company, 1844 - English language

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Page 239 - He that will write well in any tongue, must follow this counsel of Aristotle, to speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do : and so should every man understand him, and the judgment of wise men allow him.
Page 84 - my lady prioresse; And ye, sir clerk, lat be your shamfastnesse, 840 Ne studieth noght; ley hond to, every man.' Anon to drawen every wight bigan, And shortly for to tellen, as it was, Were it by aventure, or sort,
Page 149 - CHARLEMAGNE'S TRAVELS to CONSTANTINOPLE and JERUSALEM, a Norman-French Poem of the Twelfth Century, now first printed from the original MS. in the British Museum, EDITED by FRANCISQUE MICHEL...
Page 242 - Saxon at this day, yet it is not so Courtly nor so currant as our Southerne English is: no more is the far Westerne mans speach. Ye shall therefore take the vsuall speach of the Court, and that of London and the shires lying about London within Ix. myles, and not much aboue.
Page 231 - I should not leave myself a spoon, there shall no poor neighbour of mine bear no loss by my chance, happened in my house. I pray you be, with my children and your household, merry in God...
Page 262 - I know she swore with raging mind, Her kingdom only set apart, There was no loss by law of kind That could have gone so near her heart. And this was chiefly all her pain...
Page 11 - Roman marriages at the end of the first and the beginning of the second century were childless.
Page 261 - I dare well sayen, Than doth the sun the candle light, Or brightest day the darkest night. And thereto hath a troth as just As had Penelope the fair ; For what she saith, ye may it trust, As it by writing sealed were : And virtues hath she many mo' Than I with pen have skill to show.
Page 76 - He wiste that a man was repentant. For many a man so hard is of his herte, He may not wepe although him sore smerte. Therfore in stede of weping and praieres, Men mote give silver to the poure freres. His tippet was ay farsed ful of knives, And pinnes, for to given fayre wives.
Page 124 - And ye shall understand, that I have put this Book out of Latin into French, and translated it again out of French into English, that •every Man of my Nation may understand it...

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