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LONGINUS

ON

THE SUBLIME

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PREFACE.

THERE are many reasons why this book should be valuable, if, as a preliminary to conferring advantages, it secures that distinction for itself, which in literature is the primary one, and above all others essential to value,—the tribute of the reader's time, together with the homage of his attention. The treatise for which I make this claim discusses an important subject; it is distinguished at once for its brevity and fulness; its precepts many times are practically illustrated by the manner of conveying them; the style is moulded after great exemplars; the sentiments

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