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THE STUDY OF WORDS:

LECTURES

ADDRESSED (ORIGINALLY) TO THE

PUPILS AT THE DIOCESAN TRAINING SCHOOL,

WINCHESTER

BY

RICHARD CHENEVIX TRENCH, B.D.

VICAR OF ITCHENSTOKE, HANTS;
EXAMINING CHAPLAIN TO THE LORD BISHOP OF OXFORD;

AND PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY, KING'S COLLEGE, LONDON.

"Language is the armoury of the human mind, and at once contains
the trophies of its past, and the weapons of its future, conquests."

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LONDON:
JOHN W. PARKER AND SON, WEST STRAND,

1855

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LONDON

SAVILL AND EDWARDS, PRINTERS, CHANDOS STREET,

COVENT GARDEN,

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PREFACE

TO

THE FIRST EDITION.

THESE lectures will not, I trust, be found any

where 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 I more rigidly restricted myself in the choice of my materials. Yet I should greatly regret to have admitted so much of this as should deprive these lectures of their fitness for those whose profit in writing and

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