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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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Public Schools and the public needs

George Gordon Coulton - 1901 - 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 long reading .... These are not matters to be wrung from poor striplings, like blood out of the nose, or the plucking...
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A History of English Literature (600-1900)

Eduard Engel - 1902 - 516 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. Milton's poems are far less numerous than his prose writings ; if it were not for his Paradise Lost,...
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Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, Volume 6

Bibliographical Society (Great Britain) - 1903 - 346 pages
..."empty heads of children" the composition of themes, verses and orations which are the arts of ripest judgment, and the final work of a head filled by long...observing, with elegant maxims and copious invention." In a " Pattern for Young Students," 1729—viz.: the Life of Mr. Ambrose Bonwick, after an account...
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A History of Education

Franklin Verzelius Newton Painter - 1904 - 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 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 School World, Volume 6

1904 - 504 pages
...and orations, which are the acts of ripest judgment and the final work of a bead 38o OCTOBER 1904] filled, by long reading and observing, with elegant maxims, and copious invention." Free-born children, then, should pass through the ordinary school curriculum. The kind of instruction...
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The Higher Study of English

Albert Stanburrough Cook - 1906 - 164 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 English Grammar Schools to 1660: Their Curriculum and Practice

Foster Watson - 1908 - 572 pages
...'empty heads of children' the composition of themes, verses and orations 'which are the arts of ripest judgment, and the final work of a head filled by long...observing, with elegant maxims and copious invention.' In a Pattern for Young Students, 1729 — viz.: the Life of Mr Ambrose Bonwick, after an account of...
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English Prose (1137-1890)

John Matthews Manly - 1909 - 572 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, Civil and Moral: And The New Atlantis

Francis Bacon - 1909 - 364 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 King's English and how to Write it

John Bygott, A. J. Lawford Jones - 1910 - 314 pages
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