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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.
Allit. = Alliterative.
De Regimine Principum. C. Mundi. = Cursor Mundi ;
C. = Cotton MS.
T. = Trinity MS.