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" IT is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of himself; it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any thing of praise from him. There is no danger from me of offending him in this kind ; neither my mind,... "
Anecdotes of the Manners and Customs of London from the Roman Invasion to ... - Page 181
by James Peller Malcolm - 1811 - 576 pages
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Cyclopędia of English Literature: A History, Critical and ..., Volume 3

Robert Chambers - English literature - 1879
...frequently recurring theme. But he has also wit and humour, with an occasional touch of satire of Myself. It is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of himself ; it grates his own heart to say anything of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear anything of praise from him. There la no danger...
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Gems of great authors; or, The philosophy of reading and thinking, selected ...

John Tillotson - Quotations - 1880 - 386 pages
...OF ONE'S SELF. — " It is a hard and nice subject for a man to speak of himself," says Cowley : " it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any thing of praise from him." Let the tenour of his discourse be what it will...
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The English Essayists: A Comprehensive Selection from the Works of the Great ...

English essays - 1881 - 536 pages
...parties arc so fickle and uncertain ? by what bonds can such a couple be kept long together? OF MYSELF. anything of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear anything of praise from him. There is no danger...
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Four Years in the Army of the Potomac: A Soldier's Recollections

Evan Rowland Jones - United States - 1881 - 246 pages
...personal element pervades every chapter : and to the full have I appreciated Cowley's observation — " It is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of himself. It grates his own heart to say anything of disparagement, and the reader's ear to hear anything of praise from him." Generous reader...
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Chambers's Cyclopędia of English Literature: A History ..., Volumes 3-4

Robert Chambers, Robert Carruthers - American literature - 1881
...recurring theme. But lie La's also wit and humour, with an occasional touch of satire OfMyrff It Is n hard and nice subject for a man to write of himself; it grates his cwn heart to say i.nythiu^ of disparagement, and the render's earn to hear anything of praisj from...
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Fraser's Magazine, Volume 25

1842
...shall hare mine ;" which he had. " It is a hard and nice subject," saith Cowley, speaking of himself, " for a man to write of himself; it grates his own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ear to hear any thing of praise from him." Again, what saith another great essayist in allusion...
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Moffatt's pupil teachers' course (ed. by T. Page). Candidates, 2nd ..., Volume 1

Moffatt and Paige - 1883
...Byron. " I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers, From the sea and the streams." — Shelley. " It is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of himself." — Cowley. " They were now near the centre of a deep but narrow bay, or recess, formed by two projecting...
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Cassell's library of English literature, selected, ed. and arranged by H. Morley

Cassell, ltd - 1883
...the thoughtful glance it casts laik over his own life as lie nears its end. It is endued OF MYSELF. It is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of hinnelf. It grates his own heart to say anything of disparagemitt, and the reader's ears to hear anything...
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The English Essayists: A Comprehensive Selection from the Works of the Great ...

Authors, English - 1887 - 536 pages
...parties are so Iickle and uncertain ? by what bonds can such a couple be kept long together ? OF MYSELF. ever dares to form any, but catches up the first idle rumour, lest it should be behindhand i anything of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear anything of praise from him. There is no danger...
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Selections in English Prose from Elizabeth to Victoria (1580-1880).

James Mercer Garnett - English literature - 1891 - 701 pages
...VIRGIL, Eclogues, I. 74. 18 Here follow thirteen quatrains on the same theme. ESSAY XI. — OF MYSELF. IT is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of himself; it grates his own heart to say anything of disparagement and the reader's ears to hear anything of praise for him. There is no danger...
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