Of the Origin and Progress of Language, Volum 2

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J. Balfour, 1774 - 494 sider

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Side 560 - Looks through the horizontal misty air Shorn of his beams, or from behind the moon, In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations, and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs.
Side 394 - IF e'er in thy fight I found -favour, Apollo, Defend me from all the difafters which follow : From the knaves and the fools, and the fops of the time, From the drudges in profe, and the triflers in rhyme : From the patch-work and toils of the royal fack-bibber, Thofe dead birth-day odes, and the farces of GIBBER : From fervile attendance on men in high places...
Side 560 - Stood like a tow'r ; his form had yet not loft All her original brightnefs, nor appear'd Lefs than Arch-Angel ruin'd, and th...
Side 555 - For dignity compos'd and high exploit : But all was falfe and hollow ; though his Tongue Dropt Manna, and could make the worfe appear The...
Side 188 - ... the feveral parts of the language together, than the language itfelf, are derived from verbs, or are derivatives of any ' kind ; but he will underftand, that I mean the the names of things,, which are properly the words of a language.
Side 298 - I appeal to them, whether they can perceive any dif" ference of tone betwixt the accented and unaccented fyllable " of any word? And if there be none, then is the mufic of our " language, in this refpect, nothing better than the mufic of a " drum, in which we perceive no difference except that of
Side 353 - Attic dialect, and which diftinguifhed more perhaps than any thing ielfe the Attic from the other Greek writers. This beauty the Romans, particularly in later times, imitated very much } for not only Horace is full of it, but even in Virgil's eclogues, where one fhould have expected more fimplicity of ftyle, there is a great deal of it to be found.
Side 179 - They are commonly reckoned of that fpecies of conjunctions, called adircrfative. But it is only difference they mark, C. 14, not oppofition ; and the /«' that precedes, as it always does, does no more than let you know that fomething different is to follow, but which has a connection with what went before. The Greeks too have many particles, which appear to a perfon not well acquainted with the language to be mere expletives.
Side 386 - I think, more than any other of our poets, fometimes breaks the meafure of the verfe altogether ; as in this line: " Burnt after him to the bottomlefs pit." Nor are we to imagine, that Milton did this through negligence, or as not knowing the nature of the verfe he ufed ; but it was to give a variety to his verfe, and fome relief to the ear, which might other-wife be tired with .the conftant repetition of the fame meafure. It is for this reafon that we have, both in Homer and Virgil, irregularities...
Side 227 - ... seems first to have led to the invention of symbols, or marks, for mental conceptions. This invention must have taken place much about the time that men began to reform the barbarous jargon they first spoke, and form a language ; for which purpose, the knowledge of elementary sounds and their powers, was absolutely necessary.

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