Saturday, October 09, 2010


Back to School

William Cowper, letter to William Unwin (July 3, 1784):
But I have a thought that when my present labours of the pen are ended, I may go to school again, and refresh my spirits by a little intercourse with the Mantuan and the Sabine bard; and perhaps by a reperusal of some others, whose works we generally lay by at that period of life when we are best qualified to read them, when, the judgment and the taste being formed, their beauties are least likely to be overlooked.
You, learned readers, probably don't need reminding that the Mantuan bard is Vergil, the Sabine bard Horace.

William Fettes Douglas, David Laing

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