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  • He made the grand tour of Europe, travelled in considerable splendour, and (as was to have been expected in a man of his high cultivation) found so much in art and antiquity to interest him, that he remained abroad, not for six months, but for twelve.

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  • There are long passages now before us of the most despicable trash, with no merit whatever beyond that of their antiquity.
    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 5 of the Raven Edition)  --  http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/P/PoeEdgarAllan/prose/raven_5/oldenglishpoetry.html(retrieved 01/01/00)
  • All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity...
    Joseph Addison

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