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and usage ; and so of other texts, here consigned to the same category, because expressed with a terse emphasis which makes them, while retaining their native stamp of sacred dignity, familiar in our mouths as household words.
The plan adopted in these pages is identical with that pursued in the compiler's previous volumes. A text is taken, and in the illustrations, annotations, and applications which he proceeds to accumulate upon it and around it, (or, as the Dunciad might suggest, about it and about it,) he allows himself such latitude as sometimes seemingly to get out of his latitude altogether; such longitude as may be got out of that term, rather as a graphical than a geographical expression.
As to what there may discoverably or conjecturally be of his own in this volume, as in foregoing ones, the proportion of that to borrowed capital is so infinitesimally small, that, on the score alike of quantity and of quality, for all practical purposes, whether of credit or debit, in the writer's balance of accounts, it had best be ignored altogether.
The onepuolóyos of the first motto on his titlepage might perhaps be worse rendered than by
the Shakspearian phrase, a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles. But all who are in the least likely to become purchasers know him of old. They have taken his measure, nor has he outgrown it. And to them he may say, at once demonstratively, deferentially, and deprecatingly, in the German rendering of the second motto, (and a lexicon may throw a sinister side-light on the significance of adoleo xiav, to any whose Greek is becoming, like Hamlet's starved steed adage, something musty,') Ihr kennet doch den Mann wolyl, und was er sagt.
A considerable number of subjects for which no space could be found in the present volume, stand over for future publication, whether in the form of a Second Series, or as a separate work.
calm-The Two Voices .
presumed–Historical illustrations of premature triumph
Constantine, Rienzi, Masaniello, Robespierre, Lebon-Pauper
Eloquence of mute malice-Shrug, hum, and ha-Significant
VII.-SHOUTED OUT THE WORLD; OR, VALEDICTORY
When the wicked perish-Post-mortem insultations : Alex-
safety ?-Boards and Committees .
steed—Sir Henry Lawrence and his grey Arab-Elie's destrier
ana in the moated grange-Mary Tudor, Esther Vanhomrigh,
XIII.-THE HEART'S OWN SECRET OF BITTERNESS (Prov. xiv.
Incommunicable sorrow: illustrations from Keble, Chateau-
briand, Jackson, Dallas, H. Reed, George Eliot, Charlotte
Brontł, Mrs. Riddell, E. Quillinan, Shelley, etc., etc. 136-141