Literary Anecdotes and Contemporary Reminiscences of Professor Porson and Others: Porsoniana, or Anecdotes of Prof. Porson, &c

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الصفحة 96 - Noble madam, Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues We write in water.
الصفحة 99 - The same reason which hindered me from keeping my fellowship by the method you obligingly pointed out to me, would, I am greatly afraid, prevent me from being Greek Professor. Whatever concern this may give me for myself, it gives me none for the public. I trust there are at least twenty or thirty in the University equally able and willing to undertake the office ; possessed, many, of talents superior to mine, and all of a more complying conscience. This I speak upon the supposition that the next...
الصفحة 64 - Phothis, which he had borrowed from the library of Trinity College. And this he had, with unparalleled difficulty, just completed, when the beautiful copy which had cost him ten months of incessant toil, was burnt in the house of Mr. Perry, at Merton. The original being an unique...
الصفحة 136 - The original being an unique, entrusted to him by his College, he carried with him wherever he went ; and he was fortunately absent from Merton on the morning of the fire. Unruffled by the loss, he sat down without a murmur, and made a second copy as beautiful as the first. It is extant in his library, and is quite ready for the press. Of the plays of Euripides, which he published, the learned world has pronounced its judgment, and we reserve for another occasion, an account of this and his other...
الصفحة 59 - ... son's unparalleled acquirements. From the earliest dawn of intellect, Mr. Porson began the task of fixing the attention of his children, three sons and a daughter, and he had taught Richard, his eldest son, all the common rules of arithmetic, without the use of book or slate, pen or pencil, up to the cube root, before he was nine years of age.
الصفحة 122 - It became the topic of astonishment beyond the district, and when he had reached his fourteenth year, had engaged the notice of all the gentlemen in the vicinity. Among others, he was mentioned as a prodigy to an opulent and liberal man, the late Mr. Norris...
الصفحة 89 - ... been eminent. In him were conspicuous, boundless extent of reading ; a most exact and well ordered memory ; unwearied patience in unravelling the sense of an author, and exploring the perplexities of a manuscript ; perspicacity in discovering the corruptions of a text ; and acuteness, almost intuitive, in restoring the true reading.
الصفحة 154 - THREE children sliding on the ice, Upon a summer's day, As it fell out, they all fell in, The rest they ran away. Now had these children been at home, Or sliding on dry ground, Ten thousand pounds to one penny, They had not all been drown'd. You parents all that children have, And you that have got none ; If you would have them safe abroad, Pray keep them safe at home.
الصفحة 60 - ... write at one and the same time. He drew the form of the letter either with chalk on a board, or with the finger in sand ; and Richard was made at once to understand and imitate the impression. As soon as he could speak, he could trace the letters ; and this exercise delighting his fancy, an ardour of imitating whatever was put before him was excited to such a degree, that the walls of the house were covered with characters, which attracted notice, from their neatness and fidelity of delineation....
الصفحة 132 - At nine years of age, he and his youngest brother, Thomas, were sent to the village school, kept by a Mr. Summers, a plain but most intelligent and worthy man, who having had the misfortune in infancy to cripple his left hand, was educated for the purpose of teaching, and he discharged his duties with the most exemplary attention. He professed nothing beyond English, writing, and arithmetic — but he was a good accountant, and an excellent writing-master.

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