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A BRIEF STATEMENT OF THE GENEALOGY OF THE ENGLISH
LANGUAGE, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, EXPLANATORY
NOTES, SUGGESTIONS FOR EXPRESSIVE READING,

METHODS OF ANALYSIS, ETC.

DESIGNED FOR USE IN

COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS.

BY

HOMER B. SPRAGUE,
Principal of the Adelphi Academy, Brooklyn, N. Y., and late Professor of Rhetoric in Cornell

University.

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Being at some pause, looking back into that I have passed through, this writing seemeth to me, si nunquam fallit imago, as far as a man can judge of his own work, not much better than the noise or sound which musicians make while they are tuning their instruments; which is nothing pleasant to hear, but yet is a cause why the music is sweeter afterwards. So have I been content to tune the instruments of the muses, that they may play that have better hands.

FRANCIS Bacon.

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