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dent work, with many peculiarities of arrangement

that at once distinguish it from the “Accidence.”

A reference to the earlier chapters alone will at once

show how very different the two books are.


illustrative examples scattered throughout the present

work are for the most part new, very few of them

having been quoted elsewhere.

I trust that, to those engaged in the higher education of boys and girls, these lessons will

prove helpful in promoting a more thorough know

ledge of our “mother tongue," the study of which

has of late years been put on a better footing, and has acquired a distinct, and by no means an un

important, place in the curriculum of a liberal


Syntax is not treated of in this volume, but I hope

before long to be able to get out both a small and

a large book on this important subject.

My best thanks are due to my kind friend, the Rev. W. W. Skeat, for his assistance in revising the proof-sheets. At his suggestion I have adopted the

classification of the periods of the Language on

p. 33, and the mnemonics on p. 48.


July 1874.


Allit. = Alliterative.
Anat. Mel. = Anatomy of Melancholy
C.T. Canterbury Tales.
Dan. Danish.
De Reg.

De Regimine Principum. C. Mundi. = Cursor Mundi ;

C. = Cotton MS.
F. = Fairfax MS.
G. = Göttingen MS.

T. = Trinity MS.
E.E. Early English.
Fr. = French.
Ger. German.
Gest. Rom. Gesta Romanorum.
Gr. Greek.
Icel. Icelandic.
Kath. St. Katherine.
Lat. = Latin.
M.E. = Middle English.
N.Fr. Norman-French.
O.E. Old English.
O.E. Misc. O. E. Miscellany.
O. E. Hom. Old English Homilies.
0.Fr. = Old French.
O.H. Ger. Old High German.
P. of C. = Pricke of Conscience.
P. of Pl. Pastime of Pleasure.
Pol. Rel. Political, Religious.
T.E. Tudor English.

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