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Dr Brocklesby


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Juvenal : Tenth Satire

'when talking on the subject of prayer [to Johnson on his deathbed], Dr. Brocklesby repeated from Juvenal,-- "Orandum est, ut sit mens sana in corpore sano", and so on to the end of the tenth satire; but in running it quickly over, he happened, in the line, "Qui spatium vitae; extremum inter munera ponat", to pronounce supremum for extremum; at which Johnson's critical ear instantly took offence, and discoursing vehemently on the unmetrical effect of such a lapse, he shewed himself as full as ever of the spirit of the grammarian'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Dr Brocklesby      Print: Unknown


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