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I am of this opinion that our own tung should be written cleane and pure, unmixt and unmangeled with borowing of other tunges; wherein if we take not heed by tiim, ever borowing and never paying, she shall be fain to keep her house as bankrupt.

(Preface to Sir Thomas Hoby's translation of Castiglione's Il Cortegiano)

. . . the Latin Volume of [the Essays], (being in the Universall Language) may last, as long as Bookes last.

Francis Bacon, Epistle to the 1625 edition

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