Hermes: Or, A Philosophical Inqviry Concerning Vniversal Grammar

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I. Novrse and P. Vaillant, 1765 - Grammar, Comparative and general - 441 pages

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Page 53 - Dire was the tossing, deep the groans : Despair Tended the sick, busiest from couch to couch ; And over them triumphant Death his dart Shook, but delay'd to strike, though oft invoked With vows, as their chief good, and final hope.
Page 49 - Of nations ; there the capitol thou seest Above the rest lifting his stately head On the Tarpeian rock, her citadel Impregnable, and there Mount Palatine, The...
Page 46 - But opposite in levell'd west was set His mirror, with full face borrowing her light From him, for other light she needed none In that aspect, and still that distance keeps Till night...
Page 346 - The sum of all is, that words are the symbols of ideas both general and particular ; yet of the general, primarily, essentially, and immediately ; of the particular, only secondarily, accidentally, and mediately.
Page 409 - A nation engaged in wars and commotions, some foreign, some domestic, which for seven hundred years wholly engrossed their thoughts. Hence, therefore, their language became, like their ideas, copious in all terms expressive of things political, and well adapted to the purposes both of history and popular eloquence. But what was their philosophy...
Page 407 - The eastern world, from the earliest days, has been at all times the seat of enormous monarchy : on its natives, fair liberty never shed its genial influence.
Page 267 - All which instances, with many others of like kind, shew that the first words of men, like their first ideas, had an immediate reference to sensible objects, and that in after-days, when they began to discern with their intellect, they took those words which they found already made, and transferred them by metaphor to intellectual conceptions.
Page 110 - There is nothing appears so clearly an object of the mind or intellect only as the future does, since we can find no place for its existence any where else : not but the same, if we consider, is equally true of the past ." "Well, co on — What stops the plockit? — Can't you reat Enclish now...
Page 421 - The language in the mean time, in which he and Plato wrote, appears to suit so accurately with the stile of both", that when we read either of the two, we cannot help thinking, that it is he alone, who has hit its character, and that it could not have appeared so elegant in any other manner.
Page 406 - Italy ; our phrases in cookery and war, that we learnt these from the French ; and our phrases in navigation, that we were taught by the Flemings and Low Dutch.

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