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Emerson said that Goethe said that Plato said--" QULTURE."
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To you, who are desirous of knowing why this bizarre production thrusts itself upon the public every few weeks, we reply in the words of Sir William Davenant, that
We, for their knowledge, men inspir'd adore;
Not for those truths they hide, but those they show,
Than that which he can make another know. To you, who ask what these volumes contain, we shall simply say, as some one else has said before us :
Some odds and ends.
Not very new, nor yet the worse for wear. To you, who seek for information, be the same in literature or art, in philosophy or history, in science or theology, we respond: “You are welcome, thrice welcome. We will endeavor to assist you to the best of our ability. We have much to spare, and are always well supplied.” As Shakespeare has it, we have been
At a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps. And to you, who have so faithfully assisted us in our undertaking by contributing to these pages, we return our sincerest thanks. The second volume of NOTES AND QUERIES, WITH ANSWERS is now before you ; we trust you are satisfied with it; but remember that it depends upon you whether the succeeding ones shall be equal to this and its predecessor, whether they shall be superior or inferior to them.
This volume reminds oneof the quaint lines of Sir John Harrington, found in his Nuge Antiquæ, as follows:
The wholesomest meats that are will breed satiety,
In music, notes must be some high, some hase,
Still kept within the lists of good sobriety,
Wherefore if any think the book unreasonable,
And men of reason may think them unreasonable.