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" ... make a portrait of Proteus, or to define the figure of the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth in pat allusion to a known story, or in seasonable application of a trivial saying, or in forging an apposite tale; sometimes it playeth in words and phrases,... "
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies ... - Page 390
by James Boswell - 1791 - 516 pages
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The European Magazine: And London Review, Volume 18

1790
...rarioully apprehended by i'cvenlcyes and judgments, that it icemeth no Icfs hard to. fetde a clesr and certain notion thereof than to make a portrait...figure of the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth in pr.t al Union to a known ftory, or in feafonnhle application of a tiivial faying, or in terming an...
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The Scots Magazine, Volume 52

1790
...many pofturee, fo many garbs, fo varioufly apprehended by feveral eyes and judgements, that it feemeth no lefs hard to fettle a clear and certain notion thereof, than to make a portrait of Proteui, or to define the figure of the Heeling air. Sometimes it lieth in pat allufion to a known...
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Anecdotes of Some Distinguished Persons: Chiefly of the Present ..., Volume 2

William Seward - 1795
...poftures, fo many *' garbs, fo varioufly apprehended by feveral eyes •' and judgments, that it fesmeth no lefs hard to " fettle a clear and certain notion...to " make a. portrait of Proteus, or to define the t: figure of the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth " in pat allufion to a known ftory, or in feafonable...
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Anecdotes of Some Distingushed Persons: Chiefly of the Present and ..., Volume 2

William Seward - 1796
...poftures, fo many " garbs, fo varioufly apprehended by feveral eyes " and judgments, that it feemeth no lefs hard to " fettle a clear and certain notion...Proteus, or to define the " figure of the fleeting ajj. Sometimes it lieth /* in pat allufion to a known flory, or in feafonable " application of a trivial...
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Anecdotes of Distinguished Persons: Chiefly of the Present and Two Preceding ...

William Seward - 1798
...poftures, fo many *? garb?, fo variou(ly apprehended by feveral " eyes and judgments, that it feemeth no lefs ** hard to fettle a clear and certain notion...air. ** Sometimes it lieth in pat allufion to a known v ftory, or in feafonable application of a trivial f* faying, or in forging an appofite tale; fome"...
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The New England Quarterly Magazine, Volume 2

1802
...many poftnres, fo many garbs, fo varioufly apprehended by feveral eyes and judgments, -that it feemeth no lefs hard to fettle a clear and certain notion...figure of the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth in pat allulion to a known ftory, or in feafonable application of a trivial ikying, or in forging an appofite...
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Anecdotes of Distinguished Persons: Chiefly of the Last and Two ..., Volume 2

William Seward - 1804
...fo " varioufly apprehended by feveral eyes and judg" ments, 9 " ments, tint it feefteth no lef»hard to fettle a " clear and certain notion thereof than to make a « portrait of frdtefrs, or to define the figure of "the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth in pat allu" fion to a known...
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Specimens of English prose-writers, from the earliest times to the ..., Volume 3

George Burnett - 1807
...garbs, so variously apprehended by several eyes and judgments, that it seemeth no less hard to settle a clear and certain notion thereof, than to make a...figure of the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth in pat allusion to a known story, or in seasonable application of a trivial saying, or in forging an apposite...
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Specimens of English Prose Writers: From the Earliest Times to the Close of ...

George Burnett - 1807
...garbs, so variously apprehended by several eyes and judgments, that it seem-1 eth no less hard to settle a clear and certain notion thereof, than to make a...figure of the fleeting air. Sometimes it lieth in pat allusion to a known story, or in seasonable application of a trivial saying, or in forging an apposite...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. [With] The principal corrections and ..., Volume 4

James Boswell - 1807
...garbs, so variously apprehended by several eyes and judgements, that it seemeth no less hard to settle a clear and certain notion thereof, than to make a...Proteus, or to define the figure of the fleeting air. Sometiaies it lieth in pat allusion to a known story, or in seasonable application of a trivial saying,...
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