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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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Introduction to English Literature: Including a Number of Classic Works ...

Franklin Verzelius Newton Painter - 1894 - 688 pages
..." 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." The outline of studies he proposes includes nearly the whole circuit of learning a curriculum of...
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Tractate Of Education

John Milton - 1895 - 104 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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Old South Leaflets: General series, Issues 176-200

1883 - 538 pages
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The Life of John Milton: Narrated in Connexion with the Political ..., Volume 3

David Masson - 1896 - 756 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 to be wrung from poor striplings, like blood out of the nose, or the plucking...
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Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern: A-Z

Charles Dudley Warner - 1896 - 498 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 toe be wrung from poor striplings, like blood out of the nose, or the plucking...
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The Life of John Milton: Narrated in Connection with the Political ..., Volume 3

David Masson - 1896 - 754 pages
...a kindly side to the merits Hilton had met him during his London of thoso whom he personally knew. final work of a head filled, by long reading and 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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Library of the World's Best Literature: A-Z

Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H. Warner, Edward Cornelius Towne, George Henry Warner - 1897 - 656 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 toe be wrung from poor striplings, like blood out of the nose, or the plucking...
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A History of English Literature: By F.V.N. Painter

Franklin Verzelius Newton Painter - 1899 - 822 pages
..." 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." The outline of studies he proposes includes nearly the whole circuit of learning a curriculum of...
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The World's Best Essays, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, Volume 8

David Josiah Brewer, Edward Archibald Allen, William Schuyler - 1900 - 458 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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Essays of British Essayists, Including Biographical and Critical ..., Volume 1

1900 - 492 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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