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To succeed in its behalf, would, indeed, be glorious; but the attempt—the labour of which, in this case, has not been small-cannot surely be divested of all merit; and I shall gladly hail the augury of the indulgent reader, if, at the conclusion of this my proeme, he address me in the words of the poet

Μέγας αγών· μεγάλα δέπινοεις ελεϊν. .
Μακάριος γε μην κυρήσας έσει:
ΠΟΝΟΣ ΔΕΥΚΛΕΗΣ. .

EURIPID. Rues. Act i. v. 195.*

* Great is the cause, and great thine aim;

Thrice happy, if success shall claim
Its due reward : yet honoured still
May be the labour and the will.

LECTURE THE FIRST;

ON THE

COMPARATIVE STUDY OF LANGUAGES.

PART I.

Directions to the Binder.

VOL. I. The “Ethnographical Map" to face the Title of Vol. I. “Camper's and Blumenbach's Comparative Systems” to face

p. 169.

VOL. II.
Plate 2nd.—Vase containing objects allusive to the Deluge,"

to face the title of Vol. II.
Plate 1st.–To face

page

128. Plate 3rd.—Opposite page 157.

visu uppuienu munupucauon vi muc pcident languages.-ResultsFirst ; Formation of families, or large groups of languages in close affinity by words and grammatical forms—Exemplification in the Indo-European, Semitic, and Malayan, families. – Second; Progressive reduction of supposed independent languages into connexion with the great families; Ossete, Armenian, Celtic.—Review of Sir W. Betham's System; Dr. Prichard.-Recapitulation ; Concluding Remarks.

VOL. I.

B

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