Saturday, October 12, 2013


Scholarly Pride

Thomas Browne (1605-1682), Religio Medici, II.8:
I have seene a Grammarian toure, and plume himselfe over a single line in Horace, and shew more pride in the construction of one Ode, than the Author in the composure of the whole booke.
toure = tower
construction: "The action of analysing the structure of a sentence and translating it word for word into another language; construing, translation" (Oxford English Dictionary, sense 6)
composure: composition

Cornelis van Haarlem (1562-1638), A Scholar in His Study

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