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STUDY OF WORDS

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ON THE

STUDY OF WORDS

LECTURES

ADDRESSED (ORIGINALLY) TO THE PUPILS AT

THE DIOCESAN TRAINING-SCHOOL, WINCHESTER

BY

RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH, D.D.

ARCHBISHOP OF DUBLIN

CHANCELLOR OF THE ORDER OF ST. PATRICK

'Language is the armoury of the human mind, and at once
contains the trophies of its past, and the weapons of its future,
conquests'-COLERIDGE

'Out, idle words, servants to shallow fools !'-SHAKESPEARE

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PREFACE

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TH "HESE lectures will not, I trust, be found

anywhere to have left out of sight seriously, or for long, the peculiar needs of those for whom they were originally intended, and to whom they were primarily addressed. I am conscious, indeed, here and there, of a certain departure from my first intention, having been in part seduced to this by a circumstance which I had not in the least contemplated when I obtained permission to deliver them, by finding, namely, that I should have other hearers besides the pupils of the Training-School. Some matter adapted for those rather than for these I was thus led to introduce—which afterwards I was unwilling, in preparing for the press, to remove; on the contrary adding to it rather, in the hope of obtaining thus a somewhat wider circle of readers than I could have hoped, had

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