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" And that which casts our proficiency therein so much behind is our time lost partly in too oft idle vacancies given both to schools and universities; partly in a preposterous exaction, forcing the empty wits of children to compose themes, verses, and... "
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by Thomas Gray - 1835
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Good Samaritans: Or, Biographical Illustrations of the Law of Human Kindness

William Henry Davenport Adams - 1883 - 410 pages
...forcing the empty wits of children to compose themes, verses, and orations, which are the acts of ripest judgment, and the final work of a head filled, by...observing, with elegant maxims and copious invention." What would Milton have said if he had seen boys of twelve years old required to furnish an analysis...
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Ueber den gebrauch des artikels in Milton's Paradise lost, Volumes 1-6

Max Karl Gottschalk - 1883 - 402 pages
...compose themes, verses, and orations' which require the 'ripest judgmeut and are 'the final work ofa head filled by long reading and observing, with elegant maxims and copious inventiou'. He sees in it the attempt to pluck untimely fruit and deduces ') M's Pr. W. p. 99 b. -...
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Selected prose writings, with an intr. essay by E. Myers

John [prose Milton (selected]) - 1884 - 304 pages
...forcing the empty wits of children to compose themes, verses, and orations, which are the acts of ripest judgment and the final work of a head filled by long...observing with elegant maxims and copious invention. These are not matters to be wrung from poor striplings, like blood out of the nose, or the plucking...
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Development of English Literature and Language, Volumes 1-2

Alfred Hix Welsh - 1882 - 1134 pages
...forcing the empty wit« of children to compose themes, verge*, and orations, which are the acts of ripest ut one echo from a world of woet,— The harth and grating strij'e obsemng, with elegant maxims and copious invention. These are not matters to l>e wrung from poor •tripling!',...
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A History of Education

Franklin Verzelius Newton Painter - 1886 - 378 pages
...forcing the empty wits of children to compose themes, verses, and orations, which are the acts of ripest judgment, and the final work of a head filled by long...observing with elegant maxims and copious invention. These are not matters to be wrung from poor striplings, like blood out of the nose, or the plucking...
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The Friendship of Books: And Other Lectures

Frederick Denison Maurice - 1889 - 344 pages
...forcing the empty wits of children to compose themes, verses, and orations, which are the acts of ripest judgment, and the final work of a head filled, by...observing, with elegant maxims and copious invention. These are not matters," he says, "to be wrung from poor striplings, like blood out of the nose, or...
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English Prose Writings of John Milton

John Milton - 1889 - 464 pages
...forcing the empty wits of children to compose themes, verses, and orations, which are the acts of ripest judgment, and the final work of a head filled by long...observing with elegant maxims and copious invention. These are not matters to be wrung from poor striplings, like blood out of the nose, or the plucking...
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The History of Modern Education: An Account of the Course of Educational ...

Samuel Gardner Williams - 1892 - 438 pages
...forcing the empty wits of children to compose verses, themes, and orations which are the acts of ripest judgment and the final work of a head filled by long...observing with elegant maxims and copious invention." The practice which he denounces as preposterous has, however, proved very tenacious of life, continuing...
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A Book of Earnest Lives

William Henry Davenport Adams - 1894 - 442 pages
...forcing the empty wits of children to compose themes, verses, and orations, which are the acts of ripest judgment, and the final work of a head filled, by...observing, with elegant maxims and copious invention." What would Milton have said if he had seen boys of twelve years old required to furnish an analysis...
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The Life of John Milton: 1643-1649

David Masson - 1859 - 758 pages
...forcing the empty wits of children to compose themes, Terses, and orations, which are the acts of ripest judgment, and the final work of a head filled, by...observing, with elegant maxims and copious invention. These are not matters to be wrung from poor striplings, like blood out of the nose, or the plucking...
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