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Julius Cæsar did write a Collection of Apothegms, as appears in an Epistle of Cicero; I need say no more of the worth of a writing of that nature. It is a pity his book is lost; for I imagine they were collected with judgment and choice; whereas that of Plutarch and Stobæus, and much more the modern ones, draw much of the dregs. Certainly they are of excellent use. They are MUCRONES VERBORUM, POINTED SPEECHES. Cicero prettily calls them SALINAS, SALTPITS, that you may extract salt out of, and sprinkle it where you will. They serve to be interlaced in continued speech. They serve to be recited upon occasion, of themselves. They serve, if you take out the kernel of them and make them your

Own.

SIR FRANCIS BACON.

SHAKESPEARE'S MORALS:

Suggestive Selections,

WITH BRIEF COLLATERAL READINGS AND

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES.

Wherever the bright sun of Heaven shall shine,
His honor and the greatness of his name
Shall be."

EDITED BY

ARTHUR GILMAN, M.A.,

EDITOR OF THE POETICAL WORKS OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER.

NEW YORK:

DODD, MEAD, AND COMPANY.

1880.

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