Lives of the English Poets: Prior, Congreve, Blackmore

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Createspace Independent Pub, Nov 5, 2014 - Fiction - 138 pages
"[...]accustomed to say that he praised others in compliance with the fashion, but that in celebrating King William he followed his inclination. To Prior, gratitude would dictate praise, which reason would not refuse. Among the advantages to arise from the future years of William's reign, he mentions a Society for Useful Arts, and among them:-“Some that with care true eloquence shall teach, And to just idioms fix our doubtful speech; That from our writers distant realms may know The thanks we to our monarchs owe, And schools profess our tongue through every land That has invoked his aid, or blessed his hand.”Tickell, in his “Prospect of Peace,” has the same hope of a new academy:-“In happy chains our daring language bound, Shall sport no more in arbitrary sound.”[...]".

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