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hear such, and think much learning is got when they inay talk with them,
“ But he adds the faults which were sometimes now to be found in English composition, among which he censures the excess of alliteration."
Some will be so short, and in such wise curtail their sentences, that they had need to make a commentary immediately of their meaning, or else the most that hear them shall be forced to keep counsel. Some will speak oracles, that a man cannot tell which way to take them. Some will be so fine and so poetical withal, that to their seeming there shall not stand one heare amiss, and yet every body else shall think them meeter for a lady's chamber, than for an earnest matter in any open assembly.--Some use over much repetițion of one letter, as pitiful poverty prayeth for a penny, but puffed presumption passeth not a point, pampering his paunch with pestilent pleasure, procuring his passport to post it to hell pit, there to be punished with pains perpetual
Others, he blames for the affectation of ending a word with a vowel and beginning the next with another. Some, he says, end
their sentences all alike, making their talk' rather to appear rhymed metre, than to seem plain speech.”
I heard a preacher delighting much in this kind of composition, who used so often to end his sentence with words like unto that which went before, that in my judgment there was not a dozen sentences in his whole sermon but they ended all in rhyme for the most part. Some, not best disposed, wished the preacher a lute, that with his rhymed sermon he might use some pleasant melody, and so the people might take pleasure divers ways, and dance if they list.
“Some writers, he observes, disturbed the natural arrangement of their words. Others were copious where they should be concise. The most frequent fault seems to have been, the rejection of common and proper phrases, for those that were more curious, refined, and unintelligible.”
This work exhibits a favourable symptom of the dawn of reason. It was considered as an innovation so daring, that the author hap: pening to visit Rome, was imprisoned by the
inquisitors of the holy see, as a presumptuous and dangerous heretic.
Wilson also translated seven orations of Demosthenes, which, in 1570, he dedicated to sir William Cecil; affording thereby another proof of his attention to the advancement of the English stile.
Warton likewise mentions a treatise of rhe. toric, published in. 1555, by Richard Sherry, schoolmaster of Magdalene College, Oxford. And speaks of William Fullwood, who-in his
Enemy of Idleness, teaching the manner and stile how to endite and write all sorts of epistles and letters, set forth in English by William Fullwood, merchant;" published in 1571, and written partly in prose and partly in verse-alludes in a respectful manner to Wilson's book. “Whoso (says he) will more circumspectly and narrowly entreat of such matters, let them read the rhetoric of master doctor Wilson, or of master Richard Rain. old.”—Moreover, in 1582, was published at London, a book entitled, “ The first part of the Elementaire, which entreateth chiefly of the right writing of the English tongue, set forth by Richard Mulcaster, London, 1582. This book contains many judicious criticisms and observations on the English language. Many of its precepts are delivered in metre. In 1586, was published by William Bullokar, a “ Brief Grammar for English, imprinted at London by Edmund Bollifanı." It is also called “ W. Bullokar's Abbreviation of his , Grammar for English, extracted out of his grammar at large for the speedy parcing of English speech, and the easier coming to the knowledge of grammar for other languages." This was the first grammar of the English language which ever appeared, except (as the author says) my grammar at large.
RICHARD GRAFTON appears to have been descended of a good family, and to have been born in London, about the close of the reign of Henry VII. He had probably a liberal education, since it appears by his writings, that he understood the languages. He practised the art of printing in the successive reigns of Henry VIII. Edward VI. queen Mary, and of Elizabeth. By company, he was a grocer, as he subscribes himself in a letter to the lord Cromwell, dated 1537. The same year, too, he first appears as a printer in London ; a profession he first engaged in, from his being applied to, to procure an edition of Tyndal's Testament, and afterwards of his Bible revised by Coverdale. He might possibly have been induced also, like several other persons of education in that age, by a desire to promote