Those who were sincere have owned to me that the poem made them fall asleep; yet it was necessary to have it in their library as a monument of antiquity, or like those rusty medals which are no longer of use in commerce.
There are no more uses of "antiquity" in the book.
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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.
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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...