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* Horace says that languages change, and Dr. Johnson has adorned the title page of his dićtionary with those lines; but I maintain that it is only through negle&t that languages change—if they were properly cultivated, they would become permanent by books. Sech changes may have proved useful to the English (though the sublime writings of Shakespeare make me of the contrary opinion, submitting always, as a foreigner, to the English literati on this point), but they have proved highly detrimental to the Tus
* The book used to teach rhetoric in the grammar-schools of Tuscany, is written in ilatin, and only Latin quotations are introduced in it. I entertain little doubt of this being the case in all the schools of Italy. 4.
can language, which had attained its highest point of perfeótion in the 14th century. The Mr pict had nearly brought it to its former purity; but, as After says, “Bereal settre, infrabil, duro,” has soon undone what they had so gloriously effected.