This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...it is a rule, that perspicuity ought not to be sacrificed to any other beauty whatever. If it should be doubted whether perspicuity be a positive beauty, it cannot be doubted that the want of it is the greatest defect. Nothing, therefore, in language ought more to be studied, than to prevent all obscurity in the expression; for to have no meaning, is but one degree worse, than to have a meaning that is not understood. Want of perspicuity from a wrong arrangement, belongs to the next branch. I shall here give a few examples where the obscurity arises from a wrong choice of words; and as this defect is too common in the ordinary herd of writers to make examples from them necessary, I confine myself to the most celebrated authors. Livy, speaking of a rout after a battle, Multique in ruina majore quam fuga oppressi obtruncatique. L. 4. % 46. And many in a ruin greater than flight, were crushed and slain. This author is frequently otiscure, by expressing but part of his thought, leaving it to be completed by his reader. His description if the sea-fight, 1. 28. cap. 30. is extremely perplexed. Unde tibi reditum certo sublemine Parcae Rupere. Horace, Epod. XIII. 22. From whence (the Fates have spun it so,) You shall not be allowed to go Home. dui persrepe cava testudine flevit amorem, A elaboratain ad pedem. Horace, Epod. XIV. 11. W1ai often lamented his love on the hollow shell, to no labored foot. Me falmlosae Vulture in Appulo, Altricis extra limen Apuliae, Ludo, fatigatumque somno. Fronde nova puerum palumbes Texere. Horace, Com. 1. 3. ode 4. Me tired with sleep, and yet a child From kind Apulia s bounds beguiled, Up in mount vultur, now so famed and known, The woodland doves concealed with foliage newly blown. Purae rivus aquae...
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