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27Jul07

“…these four causes concurring, viz., 1. admiration of the ancients; 2. emnity to the schoolmen; 3. an exact study of languages; and, 4. a desire of powerful preaching – introduced an affected study of eloquence and copiousness of speech, which then began to flourish. This soon grew to excess, in so much that men studied more after words than matter, more after the choiceness of phrase, and the round and neat composition, sweet cadence of periods, the use of tropes and figures, than after weight of matter, dignity of subject, soundness of argument, life of invention, or depth of judgement.”
– Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning

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