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Sir Philip Sidaci, kint.
WITH A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR AND
BY WILLIAM GRAY, Esq.
OF MAGDALEN COLLEGE, AND THE INNER TEMPLE.
“ Live ever, sweet book! he who wrote thee was the secretary
PUBLISHED BY T. 0. H. P. BURNHAM,
AT THE ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSTORE,
143 Washington Streer.
N presenting Sir Philip Sidney's Miscellaneous Works to the world, it will be unnecessary to trouble the reader with
many prefatory remarks.
It is enough for us to state that all our Author's published writings, with the exception of the Arcadia and the Psalms, have been collected from various quarters and embodied in this volume; and that several of his MS. letters now make their appearance for the first time, from the originals preserved in the British Museum.
We have assiduously compared the text of the different editions of Sidney's productions, and have in innumerable instances been able to correct the gross inaccuracies of preceding copies. On this head we would particularly
direct our censure against the reprint of the
counter some little blame on this account from the rigid lovers of antiquity, we are persuaded that we have rendered a service to the general reader. The orthography of the fathers of our literature was invariably most whimsical and uncertain. Sir John Fenn has mentioned an instance in the Paston Letters, where the same word is spelt three different ways within the short space of two lines; and many other examples of similar caprice might be produced, were it necessary. “ Every writer,” says Dr. Henry, contented himself with putting together any combination of letters that occurred to him at the time, which he imagined would suggest the word he intended to his readers, without ever reflecting what letters others used, on former occasions, for that purpose.”
It is perhaps superfluous to add more, but we cannot resist making a short quotation from Dr. Johnson's Preface to his Dictionary, where he says,
“ If the language of theology were extracted from Hooker and the translation of the Bible; the terms of natural knowledge from Bacon; the phrases of policy, war, and navigation from Raleigh; the dialect of poetry and