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" The task of an author is, either to teach what is not known, or to recommend known truths, by his manner of adorning them; either to let new light in upon the mind, and open new scenes to the prospect, or to vary the dress and situation of common objects,... "
The Rambler - Page 14
by Samuel Johnson, John Hawkins - 1787
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The Rambler, Volume 4

Samuel Johnson - 1750 - 296 pages
...virtue fnines ; Nor takes up pow'r, nor lays it down, As giddy rabbles fmile or frown. ELPHINSTON. TH E tafk of an author is, either to teach what is not...light in upon the mind, and open new fcenes to the profpedr, or to vary the drefs and fituation of common objects, fo as to give them frefh grace and...
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The Hibernian Magazine, Or, Compendium of Entertaining Knowledge

1786 - 838 pages
...than, v.-as demanded, A IT T II O R. THE taflc of an author is either to teach is not known, or ro recommend known truths by his manner of adorning them ; either to let new light upon the mind, arui open new femes to the pr;'fpe<it, to vary ^he drefs and fituation of coitunon objcdls,...
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The Beauties of Johnson: Consisting of Maxims and Observations ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1782 - 482 pages
...fquadron. Memoin of the K. of Praflia, p. ii8. AUTHOR. The taflc of an author is either to teach uhat is not known, or to recommend known truths by his manner of adorning them; cither to let new light upon the mind, and open new foenes to the profpect, or vary the drd$ and fituation...
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The Rambler: In Four Volumes, Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1784 - 340 pages
...virtue fhines; Nor takes up pow'r, nor lays it down, As giddy Babbles fmile or frown. EtPHiNSTOH. TH E tafk of an author is, either to teach what is not...and open new fcenes to the profpect, or to vary the drels and fituation of common objects, fo as to give them frem grace and more powerful attractions,...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: The Rambler

Samuel Johnson, John Hawkins - 1787
...virtue dimes ; Nor takes up pow'r, nor lays it down, As giddy rabbles fmile or frown. ELPHIXSTOW. TH E tafk of an author is, either to teach what is not...either to let new light in upon the mind, and open new feenes to the profpect, or to vary the drefs and fituation of common objects, fo as to give them frefh...
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The Rambler

Samuel Johnson - 1792 - 582 pages
...VIITUI IHIMIS ( M0« T /.icrx iI- TOWII, NOK 1AY> IT DOWN, Al GIDDY RA1BLXS SMILE 01 FHOWN. THE taOc of an author is, either to teach what is not known, or to recommend known truths by his manner C »f adomipg ••'*.• :;r, either to let new light in upon the mind, and open new fcenes to th«...
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A Mirror for the Female Sex: Historical Beauties for Young Ladies, Intended ...

Mrs. Pilkington (Mary) - 1799 - 274 pages
...have the honour to be, Ladies, Your moft humble Servant, MP tafk of an author," fays Doctor Johnfon, " is either to teach " what is not known, or to recommend " known truths by his manner of adorn " ing them ; either to let new light up" on the mind, and open new fcenes to " the profpeft,...
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Rambler

Samuel Johnson - 1801 - 460 pages
...fhincs ; Nor takes up pow'r, nor lays it down, As giddy rabbles fmile or frown. ELPHINSTOW. 'T* HE tafk of an author is, either to teach what •*•...new fcenes to the profpect, or to vary the drefs and fituationof common objects, fo as to give them frefh grace and more powerful attractions, to fbread...
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Select British Classics, Volume 5

1803
...shines ; Nor takes up power, nor lays it down, As giddy rabbles smile or frown. ELPHJNSTON. THE task of an author is, either to teach what is not known,...either to let new light in upon the mind, and open new scenes to the prospect, or to vary the dress and situation of common objects, so as to give them fresh...
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The Beauties of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Consisting of Maxims and Observations ...

Samuel Johnson - 1804 - 594 pages
...honest credulity beware of receiving characters from contemporary writers. Life of Dryden. The task of an author is either to teach what is not known,...manner of adorning them ; either to let new light upon the mind, and open new scenes to the prospect, or vary the dress and situation of common objects,...
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