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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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Essays, Plays and Verses

...Thus let my life slide silently away, With Sleep all Night, and Quiet all the Day. ii. Of My self. IT is a hard and nice Subject for a man to write of...to say any thing of disparagement, and the Readers Eares to hear any thing of praise from him. There is no danger from me of offending him in this kind...
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cowley's prose works

...Thus let my life slide silently away, With sleep all night, and quiet all the day. XI. OF MYSELF. ' is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of himself;...own heart to say any thing of disparagement, and the reader's ears to hear any thing of praise from him. There 5 is no danger from me of offending him in...
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The Yale Literary Magazine, Volume 73

1908
...entire sincerity, the sine qua non of all genuine human intercourse. This he finds no simple task; "it is a hard and nice Subject for a man to write of himself," Cowley tells us. The golden mean is not always easy of attainment. But every worthy task has its difficulties,...
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Selections from The Spectator

Joseph Addison - 1961 - 248 pages
...present as if absent. " 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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Selections from The Spectator

1966 - 220 pages
...present as if absent. " 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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