Excerpt from English of the 14th: Century This book has been prepared with the design of affording the means of a critical study of the English Language to a younger class of pupils than have hitherto been able to pursue it profitably; and, as it is only from a careful study of literature that a thorough acquaintance with a language can be gained, the work is also intended to serve as an introduction to the study of English Literature. I have therefore endeavored to render the Notes and Glossary sufficiently full to remove every difficulty that would meet a student of average ability; intending, if erring on either side, to err on the side of giving too much rather than too little assistance. Particular attention has been given to the grammatical construction, in the belief that the true way to study a language is t from the dead rules of grammar, but from the living forms of literature. I see reason why the English, studied with the same care and thoroughness which are given to the ancient classics, may t afford equal mental discipline; especially if an author be studied whose archaisms will prevent the common error of mistaking familiarity with forms and idioms for a critical kwledge of the structure of the language. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.