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" They have not the formality of a settled style, in which the first half of the sentence betrays the other. The clauses are never balanced, nor the periods modelled: every word seems to drop by chance, though it falls into its proper place. Nothing is... "
Johnson's Lives of the the English Poets: Abridged: with Notes and Illustrations - Page 49
by Samuel Johnson - 1797 - 239 pages
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The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year, Volume 22

1796
...are never balanced, nor the periodi modelled ; every word ferms to drop by chance, though it fallj into its proper place. Nothing is cold or languid ; the whole is airr, animated, and vigorous ; what ii little, ii gay; v.hzt is great, ii fpler.did. He may be thought...
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Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to the Works of the English Poets, Volume 3

Samuel Johnson - 1779
...none of his prefaceswere ever thought tedious. They have not the formality of a fettled ftyle, irr which the firft half of the fentence betrays the other....languid; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous; what islittle, is gay; what is great, is fplendid. He may be thought to mention himfelftoo frequently; but...
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The Monthly Review, Volume 61

1780
...Criticifm, eicher didactic or defenfivc, occupies almofl all hi* profe, except thofe pages which he has devoted to his patrons ; but none of his prefaces...is cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, r.,.d vigorous; what is little, is gay; what is great, is fplendid. He may be thought to mention himfelf...
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The Monthly Review, Volume 61

1780
...prefaces were ever thought tedious. They have not the formality of a fettled ftyle, in which the lint half of the fentence betrays the other. The claufes...Nothing is cold or languid; the whole is airy, animated, ::,.d vigorous; what is little, is gay; what is great, fplendid. He may be thought to mention himfelf...
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Annual Register, Volume 22

Edmund Burke - 1780
...the firft half of the fentence betrays the other. The claufes are never balanced, nor the period» modelled ; every word feems to drop by chance, though...cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigoroqs ; what is little, is gay ; what is great, is fplendid. He may be thought to mention himfelf...
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The Monthly Review, Or, Literary Journal, Volume 61

1780
...are never balanced, nor the periods modelled ; every word feems to drop by chance, though it (alls into its proper place. Nothing is cold or languid;...whole is airy, animated, and vigorous; what is little, i» gay; what is great, is fplcndid. He may be thought to mention himfelf too frequently; but while...
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Dryden. Smith. Duke. King. Sprat. Halifax. Parnell. Garth. Rowe. Addison ...

Samuel Johnson - 1781
...the fentencc betrays the other. The claufes are I 4 never never balanced, nor the periods modelled j every word feems to drop by chance, though it falls...into its proper place. Nothing is cold or languid j tfre whole is airy, animated, and vigorous j what is little is gayj what is great, is fplendid. He...
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The lives of the most eminent English poets

Samuel Johnson, John Hawkins - 1787
...CriticU'm, either didactick or defenfive, occupies almoft all his profe, except thofe pages which he has devoted to his patrons; but none of his prefaces were...vigorous; what is little, is gay; what is great, is fplcndid. He may be thought to mention himfelf too frequently; but while he forces himfelf upon our...
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A Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain..: Dryden. Rochester ...

1793
...never balanced, nor (he periods modelled : every word fecau to ¿гор by chance, though it fallt into its proper place. Nothing is cold or languid...gay ; what is great, is fplendid. He may be thought is mention himfelf too frequently ; but while be forces himfclf upon cur eilccin, we cannot refait...
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Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, Volume 1

Hugh Blair - 1793
...claufes are never balanced, nor the periods modelled ; every word leems to drop by chance, thonnh ic falls into its proper place. Nothing is cold or languid ! the whole is airy, animated, anrl vigorous ; what i* little, is gay ; what is great, is fplemlid. Though all 5s e?<y, nothing is...
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