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Harvard Classics, Volume 28

Essays English and American

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1886
Language: English
Wordcount: 180,924 / 514 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,424
Added to site: 2007.06.29
mnybks.net#: 17486
Origin: gutenberg.org
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67, is a certain fact, of which nobody will deny the sister island the honour and glory; but, it seems to me, he was no more an Irishman than a man born of English parents at Calcutta is a Hindoo. Goldsmith was an Irishman, and always an Irishman: Steele was an Irishman, and always an Irishman: Swift's heart was English and in England, his habits English, his logic eminently English; his statement is elaborately simple; he shuns tropes and metaphors, and uses his ideas and words with a wise thrift and economy, as he used his money: with which he could be generous and splendid upon great occasions, but which he husbanded when there was no need to spend it. He never indulges in needless extravagance of rhetoric, lavish epithets, profuse imagery. He lays his opinion before you with a grave simplicity and a perfect neatness. Dreading ridicule too, as a man of his humour--above all an Englishman of his humour--certainly would, he is afraid to use the poetical power which he really possessed; one often fancies in r

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