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" All the images of nature were still present to him, and he drew them not laboriously, but luckily; when he describes anything, you more than see it, you feel it too. Those who accuse him to have wanted learning* give him the greater commendation: he was... "
Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical Observations on Their ... - Page 341
by Samuel Johnson - 1854
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Mr. Johnson's Preface to His Edition of Shakespear's Plays

Samuel Johnson - 1765 - 72 pages
...learning, give him the greater com" mendation : he was naturally learned: he needed *' not the fpectacles of books to read nature ; he ** looked inwards, and found her there. I cannot *' fay he is every where alike ; were he fo, I mould " do him injury to compare him with the greateft...
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The plays of William Shakespeare, with the corrections and illustr ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1768
...learning, give him the greater com" mendation : he was naturally learned : he needed " not the fpectacles of books to read nature; he " looked inwards, and found her there. I cannot " fay he is every where alike; were he fo, I fhould " do him injury to compare him with the greateft...
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The Dramatick Writings of Will. Shakspere: With the Notes of All ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1788
...him to have wanted " learning, give him the greater commendation : he *' was naturally learned: he needed not the spectacles " of books to read nature...inwards, and " found her there, I cannot say he is every where " alike ; were he so, I should do him injury to " compare him with the greatest of mankind,...
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The Plays of William Shakspeare: In Fifteen Volumes. With the ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - English drama - 1793
...learning, give him the greater commendation ; he was naturally learned ; he needed not the fpectacles of books to read nature ; he looked inwards, and found her there. I cannot fay he is every where alike ; were he fo, I ftiould do him injury to compare him with the greatefl...
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The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden, Now First ...

John Dryden - 1800
...accuse him to have wanted learning, give him the greater commendation: he was naturally learned; he needed not the spectacles of books to read nature;...looked inwards, and found her there. I cannot say he is every where alike; were he so, I should do him injury to compare him with the greatest of mankind....
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The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden ..., Volume 1, Part 2

John Dryden - 1800 - 596 pages
...accuse him to have wanted learning, give him the greater commendation : he was naturally learned ; he needed not the spectacles of books to read nature...looked inwards, and found her there. I cannot say he is every where alike; were he so, I should do him injury to compare him with the greatest of mankind....
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The Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson - Biography - 1801
...give him the greater commendation : he " was naturally learned : he needed not the fpecta* •' cles of books to read nature; he looked inwards, " and found her there. I cannot fay he is every ** where alike ; were he fo I fhould do him injury to " compare him with the greateft...
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The Plays of William Shakespeare: Accurately Printed from the Text ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1803
...accuse him to have wanted learning, give him the greater commendation; he was naturally learned ; he needed not the spectacles of books to read nature;...looked inwards, and found her there. I cannot say he is every where alike ; were lie so, I should do him injury to compare him with the greatest of mankind....
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The Monthly Mirror: Reflecting Men and Manners: With Strictures ..., Volume 17

1804
...indaed, not much more justly remarked by Dryden of Shukspearr, than it might be of Bloomfield, that, " he needed not the spectacles of books to read nature; he looked inwards and found her there." And to proceed, mutato nomine, with what Dr. Johnson says of the best of poets, " Whether life or nature...
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The Dramatick Works of William Shakespeare: Printed Complete, with D. Samuel ...

William Shakespeare - 1802
...learning, give him the greater commendation : he ivas naturally learned : he needed net .the fpeSacles of books to read nature ; he looked inwards, and found her there. I cannot fay he is every where alike ; were he Jo, I fhouid do him injury to compare him ivitb the greateft...
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