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THE

STUDY OF WORDS

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'Language is the armoury of the human mind, and at once
contains the trophies of its past, and the weapons of its future,
conquests'-COLERIDGE

Out, idle words, servants to shallow fools !'-SHAKESPEARE

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HESE lectures will not, I trust, be found

anywhere to have left out of sight seriously, or for long, the peculiar needs of those for whom they were originally intended, and to whom they were primarily addressed. I am conscious, indeed, here and there, of a certain departure from my first intention, having been in part seduced to this by a circumstance which I had not in the least contemplated when I obtained permission to deliver them, by finding, namely, that I should have other hearers besides the pupils of the Training-School. Some matter adapted for those rather than for these I was thus led to introduce—which afterwards I was unwilling, in preparing for the press, to remove; on the contrary adding to it rather, in the hope of obtaining thus a somewhat wider circle of readers than I could have hoped, had

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