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" ... dull and heavy spirits of the English from their natural reservedness ; loosened them from their stiff forms of conversation, and made them easy and pliant to each other in discourse. Thus, insensibly, our way of living became more free ; and the... "
The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected in Eighteen Volumes - Page 225
by John Dryden, Walter Scott - 1821
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The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden, Now First ...

John Dryden - 1800
...insensibly, our way of living became more free ; and the fire .of the English wit, which was before stifled under a constrained, melancholy way of breeding, began first to display its force, by mix-* ing the solidity of our nation with the air and gaiety of our'neighbours. > This being granted...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 29

1823
...Thus insensibly our way of living became more free; and the fire of the English wit, which was before stifled under a constrained melancholy way of breeding,...force, by mixing the solidity of our nation with the art and gaiety of our neighbours. This being granted to be true, it would be a wonder if the poets,...
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The Quarterly Review, Volume 29

1823
...Thus insensibly our way of living became more free ; and the fire of the English wit, which was before stifled under a constrained melancholy way of breeding,...force, by mixing the solidity of our nation with the art and gaiety of our neighbours. This being granted to be true, it would be a wonder if the poets,...
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Chambers's Cyclopædia of English Literature: A History ..., Volumes 3-4

Robert Chambers - 1830
...of the English \vit, \vhichwas before etiiled under a constrained melancholv way of breeding, begau " 5 ۵ Ȝ ަճfa i A 5 S Qo 6 x w 7 Z " +DRfS j c 1 D< b neighbour?. This beim' erauted to "be true, it would be a wonder if the poets, whose work is imitation,...
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Specimens of the British Critics

John Wilson - 1846 - 344 pages
...insensibly, our way of living became more free ; and the fire of the English wit, which was before stifled under a constrained, melancholy way of breeding,...mixing the solidity of our nation with the air and gayety of our neighbours. This being granted to be true, it would be a wonder if the poets, whose work...
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Essays Biographical and Critical: Chiefly on English Poets

David Masson - 1856 - 475 pages
...fire of English wit, which was before stifled under a constrained melancholy way of breeding, began to display its force by mixing the solidity of our...nation with the air and gaiety of our neighbours." And the change in discourse passed without difficulty into literature, calling into being a nimbler...
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Essays Biographical and Critical: Chiefly on English Poets

David Masson - 1856 - 475 pages
...fire of English wit, which was before stifled under a constrained melancholy way of breeding, began to display its force by mixing the solidity of our...nation with the air and gaiety of our neighbours." And the change in discourse passed without difficulty into literature, calling into being a nimbler...
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The British Quarterly Review, Volume 20

Henry Allon - 1854
...of English wit, which ' was before stifled under a constrained melancholy way of breeding, ' began to display its force by mixing the solidity of our...nation ' with the air and gaiety of our neighbours.' And the change in discourse passed without difficulty into literature, calling into being u nimbler...
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The three Devils, with other essays

David Mather Masson - 1874
...fire of English wit, which was before stifled under a constrained melancholy way of breeding, began to display its force by mixing the solidity of our...nation with .the air and gaiety of our neighbours." And the change in discourse passed without difficulty into literature, calling into being a nimbler...
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The Three Devils: Luther's, Milton's, and Goethe's

David Masson - 1874 - 327 pages
...fire of English wit, which was before stifled under a constrained melancholy way of breeding, began to display its force by mixing the solidity of our...nation with the air and gaiety of our neighbours." And the change in discourse passed without difficulty into literature, calling into being a nimbler...
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