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Page x - And that which casts our proficiency therein so much behind, is our time lost partly in too oft idle vacancies given both to schools and universities ; partly in a preposterous exaction, forcing the empty wits of children to compose themes, verses, and orations, which are the acts of ripest judgment, and the final work of a head filled by long reading and observing, with elegant maxims and copious invention.
Page 9 - Trojae tristisque ruinas solabar, fatis contraria fata rependens ; nunc eadem fortuna viros tot casibus actos 240 insequitur : quem das finem, rex magne, laborum? Antenor potuit, mediis elapsus Achivis, Illyricos penetrare sinus, atque intima tutus regna Liburnorum, et fontem superare Timavi, unde per ora novem vasto cum murmure montis 245 it mare proruptum et pelago premit arva sonanti : hic tamen ille urbem Patavi sedesque locavit Teucrorum...
Page xiii - ... whereas, if after some preparatory grounds of speech by their certain forms got into memory, they were led to the praxis thereof in some chosen short book lessoned thoroughly to them, they might then forthwith proceed to learn the substance of good things, and arts in due order, which would bring the whole language quickly into their power.
Page 4 - Haec ubi dicta, cavum conversa cuspide montem, impulit in latus: ac venti velut agmine facto, qua data porta, ruunt et terras turbine perflant.
Page xiii - Hence appear the many mistakes which have made learning generally so unpleasing and so unsuccessful ; first, we do amiss to spend seven or eight years merely in scraping together so much miserable Latin and Greek, as might be learned otherwise easily and delightfully in one year...
Page xiv - I call therefore a complete and generous education that which fits a man to perform justly, skilfully, and magnanimously all the offices both private and public of peace and war.
Page 7 - Fronte sub adversa scopulis pendentibus antrum, Intus aquae dulces vivoque sedilia saxo, Nympharum domus. Hic fessas non vincula naves Ulla tenent, unco non alligat ancora morsu.
Page 5 - Talia jactanti stridens Aquilone procella Velum adversa ferit, fluctusque ad sidera tollit. Franguntur remi ; tum prora avertit, et undis Dat latus ; insequitur cumulo praeruptus aquae mons. Hi summo in fluctu pendent ; his unda dehiscens Terram inter fluctus aperit ; furit aestus arenis.
Page xiii - These are not matters to be wrung from poor striplings, like blood out of the nose, or the plucking of untimely fruit. Besides the ill habit which they get of wretched barbarizing against the Latin and Greek idiom, with their untutored Anglicisms, odious to be read, yet not to be avoided without a well-continued and judicious conversing among pure authors digested, which they scarce taste.