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It is said, by such as professe the mathematicall sciences, that all things stand by proportion, and that without it nothing could stand to be good or beautiful.
Puttenham, Arte of English Poesie, Lib. ii. c. 1.
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OWING to circumstances, which need not be detailed, the first Volume was printed off, two years before the greater part of the second Volume went to the press, and indeed before it was written. This may account for a seeming inaccuracy as regards dates ; and will make it necessary for the reader, when he meets with the phrases, "a short time since,” “two or three years ago," &c. to allow
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