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The complete works of Martin F. Tupper in four volumes

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Pages: 66

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Martin Farquhar Tupper

Excerpt from book: too often prostituted: for the present bear with it: sometimes it is well to go disguised, and the voice of one unseen lacks not eager listeners: we address your judgment, unbiassed by the prejudice or sanction of a name: we put forth, lightly and negligently, those lesser matters which opportunity hath not yet matured: we escape the nervous pains, the literary perils of the hardier acknowledged. Only of this one thing be sure: we— (no, I: why should unregal, unhierarchal I affect pluralities ?) —I hope to keep inviolate, as much when masked as when avowed, the laws of truth, charity, sincerity, and honour: and, although among my many booklets, the grave and the gay will be found in near approximation, I trust—(will it offend any to tell them that I pray ?)—to do no ill service at any time to the cause of that true religion which resents not the neighbourhood of innocent cheerfulness. I show you, friend, my honest mind. I by itself, I: odious monolitteral: thinnest, feeblest, most insignificant of letters, I dread your egotistic influence as my bane : they will not suffer you, nor bear with a book so speckled with your presence. Still, world, hear me: mercifully spare a poor grammarian the penance of perpetual third persons: let an individual tender conscience escape censure for using the true singular in preference to that imposing lie, the plural. Suffer a humble unit to speak of himself as I, and, once for all, let me permissively disclaim intentional self-conceit in the needful usage of isolated I-ship. These few preliminaries being settled, though I fear little to the satisfaction of either party concerned, let us proceed—further to preliminarize : for you will find even to the end, as you may have found out already from the beginning, that your white knight is mounted ...  

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